Margaret Okayo (born
May 30, 1976 in Masaba, Kisii
District) is a successful marathon runner from Kenya.
has won a number of major marathons.
Okayo started running while at primary school. She graduated from the
Itierio Secondary School, located near Kisii town, in 1993.
She was recruited by Kenya Prisons
in 1995 where she nurtured her
At the 1998 Commonwealth
she finished fifth in 10000 metres. She finished 13th at
IAAF World Half Marathon Championships
Amongst her most successful races are the wins at the New York Marathon
and the Boston
. On both these courses she
holds the course record. She set a new world record over the
marathon distance on 4 November 2001
in New York, a record she no longer holds.
Other marathons won by Okayo include the London Marathon
the marathons of Milan
, San Diego
represented her native Kenya in the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in
Athens, Greece, but did not
finish the marathon.
three months of every year training in Italy.
She won the 2003 Udine Half
and finished 3rd at the 2008 Rome-Ostia Half Marathon
Okayo is of the Gusii
tribe. She is
managed by Federico Rosa
by Gabriele Rosa
. She is just 1.52 cm
tall and weighs 43 kilograms.