NAIROBI, October 7 – Two time world marathon champion Catherine Ndereba is confident of emerging victorious in next month’s New York marathon.,
A tough field has been assembled for the November 2nd race including current World record holder Paula Radcliffe, Rita Jeptoo, Ludymila Petrova and the evergreen Joyce Chepchumba and Tegla Loroupe but the 36 year old is positive of having it her way.
“I like running in New York because of the quality of the field they assemble. Its is always full of the top competitors and with them you can always expect to have a really good race as the tough opposition pushes you to better performances,” she said.
“I want to win it but whenever you get into a race, chances of winning are always 50-50. You either win or lose but I am going there targeting to win,” said Ndereba.
Ndereba will be running barely two months after winning silver at the Olympics in August but she says she will be ready for the November 2nd race.
“My preparations are going on ok and I am looking forward to New York though its not the kind of time I normally like to have between races but am going to try my level best,” she said.
The Big Apple race is one of the few major marathons that Ndereba has yet to win having twice finished runners up, third once and sixth once.
"Having won Boston and Chicago, Its the only big race i haven’t won in United States and I would want to complete a clean sweep of all three because i have enjoyed so much success in the US," she observed.
Despite being with a chance of winning the World Marathon Major Series should she triumph in New York, Ndereba maintains she is only focusing on the race and winning the series would be a bonus.
“Its not part of my goals for New York so it’s not in my mind at all. If it comes well and good and if not then it will not hurt me. I try to do my best in every race but try to avoid putting extra pressure on myself,” she said.
Christened ‘Catherine the Great’, Ndereba is the most successful female marathoner of her generation if not of all time.
In her addition to her two World crowns and two Olympic silver medals, she was the first woman to Boston four times and has also two Chicago crowns to her credit.
She was also the first woman to go under the two hours twenty minutes barrier when she set the world record in Chicago in 2001.