Muriuki Optimistic of claiming a marathon medal at Commonwealth Games

Former Los Angeles marathon champion Margaret Wangare Muriuki has set her focus to dominate the Commonwealth Games set for July and August in Birmingham, England.

The Kenya Police Service runner, the former Africa championships 1,500m Wangare will be making her team Kenya debut after switching into marathon running five years ago and being named in the team Kenya to compete in marathon is a game changer.

“Am happy that I am one of those athletes to represent Kenya at the Commonwealth Games. Am sure that we shall bring glory to a country that has never been witnessed. I was happy to be one of those selected to represent the country, out of millions of Kenyans and I feel honoured,” said Wangare.

She will be marshaling women marathon forces alongside Maurine Chepkemoi (2:20:18) Amsterdam, 2021), Purity Changwony (2:22:16, Siena, 2021), Stella Barsosio (2:22:08, Rotterdam, 2021)

The former Lisbon half marathon silver medalist said that as this will not be her debut to compete for Kenya, she has competed on track and cross country many times only that she will be making her debut in marathon.

“But have been competing in many international events including world cross country, African cross country, African championships, commonwealth games on track but this is so special to me as a marathon runner,” she said.

The former Africa cross country silver medalist has also shared three medals with team Kenya starting with the 2010 world cross country championships where Kenya scooped all medals on offer, becoming the most successful cross country for Kenya and breaking the world record while sweeping all medals.

“As a team, we have brought medals in every event where in women we got gold in all areas, which was the highest and the best performance that has never been witnessed across the world. We did the same at the 2013 Africa cross country championships where I finished 5th as an individual,” she said.

“I have individual medals in my career like the 2012 at the Africa cross country in South Africa, then bronze in Africa championships with a bronze in 1,500m,” she added.

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