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Martha Komu

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MARTHA KOMU
KENYA

BIRTHDATE:
23 March 1983

PERSONAL BEST:
2:25:33 (Paris, 2008)

WORLD MARATHON MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS:

23Aug09 IAAF World Championshps Marathon 47th 2:42:14
26Apr09 Floria London Marathon DNF
17Aug08 Olympic Marathon, Beijing 5th 2:27:23

ADDITIONAL CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

21Mar10 Seoul International Marathon 6th 2:30:36
06Apr08 Paris International Marathon 1st 2:25:33
21Oct07 Reims Marathon 1st 2:32:48
15Apr07 Fortis Rotterdam Marathon 8th 2:45:01
15Oct06 Reims Marathon 1st 2:32:45
17Jun06 Mont St. Michel Marathon 1st 2:37:37

CAREER NOTES:

Martha Komu has had a breakout year in 2008. Running at the Paris International Marathon in April she had to be regarded as a long shot with only a 2:32 personal best, but she sliced more than seven minutes off her PR to claim victory in 2:25:33.

Four months later in the Olympic Games she was among the medal position chase pack of four over the final kilometers. The more experienced competitors out-ran her in the end, but Komu still ended up just 17 seconds behind the silver medalist Catherine Ndereba.

Komu has enjoyed marathon success in France, twice winning the Reims Marathon in almost identical times and her debut at Mont St. Michel in 2006. She was also eighth at Rotterdam in 2007.

PERSONAL NOTES:

Komu owns one-half of a special marathon world record. She is married to world-class men's marathoner Simon Munyutu, and his 2:09:24 at Paris last April combined with Komu's 2:25:33 gave them a world record husband-wife combined total of 4:34:57 in the same race.