President Uhuru fetes athletics icon Catherine Ndereba

Catherine Ndereba

Legendary long-distance runner Catherine Ndereba poses after receiving the Moran of the Burning Spear (MBS) award during the Jamhuri celebrations at Nyayo National Stadium on December 12, 2020.

Photo credit: Sila Kiplagat | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • The duo were awarded for their outstanding performances in athletics that have helped cement Kenya’s sports prowess in the world
  • First, it was the late President Daniel Toroitich arap Moi, who conferred Ndereba with Distinguished Service Medal (DSM) in 2002, before President Mwai Kibaki awarded her the Order of the Grand Warrior of Kenya (OGW) in 2005
  • In 2008, Ndereba was described by Chicago Tribune sportswriter Philip Hersh as the greatest women's marathoner of all time having won two Olympic silver medals.  

Two-time former World marathon champion Catherine 'The Great' Ndereba feels honoured and blessed having received awards now from three Kenyan Presidents.

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