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Virginia Nyambura Nganga

Virginia Nyambura Nganga
Medal record
Women's athletics
Representing  Kenya
IAAF World Relays
2015 Nassau Distance medley relay

Virginia Nyambura Nganga (born 20 July 1993) is a Kenyan runner who specialises in the steeplechase. She was the gold medallist in the steeplechase at the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics and won her first senior medal at the 2015 IAAF World Relays, where she was a member of the Kenyan team which broke the African record for the distance medley relay. Her personal best for the 3000 metres steeplechase is 9:13.85 minutes, set in 2015.


  • Career 1
  • Personal bests 2
  • International competitions 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


She began her career as a junior cross country runner, placing third at the 2008 Athletics Kenya series meet in 2008 and managing fifth at the 2009 Discovery Cross Country Championships.[1][2] By the end of 2009 she had improved her best for the 3000 metres steeplechase to 10:13.6 minutes.[3] She won the Kenyan youth title in 2010 and, in her first international appearance, easily defeated her Ethiopian rival Tsehynesh Tsenga to the 2000 metres steeplechase gold medal at the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics.[4]

She acted as pacemaker in IAAF Diamond League competition in 2013 and 2014, but showed her individual talent by winning the 2014 Abdijcross cross country meet.[5] She paced the Glasgow Diamond League 3000 m steeplechase which resulted in a North American record, two national records, and a world youth best.[6]

Nyambura was selected for the Kenyan distance medley relay for the 2015 IAAF World Relays – her first senior national call-up. She anchored the team to the silver medals behind a world-record breaking American team. As part of the Kenyan team, she helped break the African record and Commonwealth record with their time of 10:43.35 minutes.[7][8] She had her first major individual victory at the Doha leg of the 2015 IAAF Diamond League. Charged wtih pacing duties, she led up to 2000 m, then continued the race to score a victory in a personal best of 9:21.51 minutes.[9]

Personal bests

International competitions

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2010 Youth Olympic Games Singapore 1st 2000 m s'chase 9:21.51
2015 IAAF World Relays Nassau, Bahamas 2nd Distance medley race 10:43.35 AR
World Championships Beijing, China 7th 3000 m s'chase 9:26.21


  1. ^ Korikwiang and Kamakya steal limelight in Machakos – AK XC Series, Meet 1. IAAF (2008-11-08). Retrieved on 2015-05-16.
  2. ^ Kisorio wins in Eldoret and has hopes for Amman XC. IAAF (2009-01-25). Retrieved on 2015-05-16.
  3. ^ Virginia Nyambura Nganga. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-05-16.
  4. ^ Athletics programme of Youth Olympic Games ends on high note in Singapore – Day 6. IAAF (2010-08-23). Retrieved on 2015-05-16.
  5. ^ Mills, Steven (2014-01-19). Mbishei leads Kenyan one-two in Kerkrade – cross-country round-up. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-05-16.
  6. ^ Brown, Matthew (2014-07-12). Rudisha delivers in Glasgow, Ayalew leads the world over the barriers – IAAF Diamond League. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-05-16.
  7. ^ Viewing IAAF World Relays > IAAF/BTC World Relays Bahamas 2015 > Distance Medley Relay - women . IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-05-16.
  8. ^ Women's medley wins kenya's first medal at world relays. Sportsnews Arena (2015-05-03). Retrieved on 2015-05-16.
  9. ^ Minshull, Phil (2015-05-15). Doha 200m winner Felix flies to best time since Olympic triumph – IAAF Diamond League. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-05-16.

External links

  • Virginia Nyambura Nganga profile at IAAF
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