Nancy Jebet Lagat (born 22 August 1981) is a Kenyan middle distance runner who specialises in the 1500 metres, but also competes in the 800m. She won the 2008 Olympics 1,500 metres final in a personal best time of 4:00.23 and became the second Kenyan woman to win an Olympic gold. She has been in terrific form in 2010 and two weeks ago ran a personal best of 4:00.13 at the Samsung Diamond League meet in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Amantle Montsho (born July 4, 1983) is a female sprinter from Botswana who specializes in the 400 metres and is the first Botswana woman athlete to reach elite world level. She won the silver medal at the 2006 African Championships and the gold medal at the 2007 All-Africa Games. At the All-Africa Games she also finished fifth in the 200 metres.
Blessing Okagbare (born 9 October 1988) is a Nigerian long and triple jumper and short sprinter. Okagbare achieved the 100m/Long Jump double at the NCAA Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championship and completed an undefeated collegiate streak in 2010. She also won the Nigerian 100m title in 2010, running a time of 11.04 seconds in Calabar in June and comes to Nairobi with a PB of 11.03 secs achieve earlier this month at the PreClassics in Eugene, Oregon.
Janeth Jepkosgei (born December 13, 1983) is a Kenyan middle distance runner and world champion. She won the women's 800 metres event at the 2006 Commonwealth Games with a time of 1:57.88 beating the legendary Maria de Lurdes Mutola of Mozambique. Later same year she won African Championships in Athletics. She also won the 800m (1:56.04) at the 2007 World Championship in Osaka, Japan becoming the first female Kenyan Middle Distance runner to achieve Gold over 800m.
David Lekuta Rudisha (born December 17, 1988 in Kilgoris) is a Kenyan middle distance runner and African record holder in the 800m. His personal best of 1:41.51 in the 800m is the third-fastest time ever run and the fastest by someone other than world record holder Wilson Kipketer. On July 10, 2010, Rudisha ran the 800m in 1:41.51 at the KBC Night of Athletics in Heusden, Belgium; this new personal record places him number 2 all-time in the world for the 800m.
Tirunesh Dibaba (born October 1, 1985 in Bekoji, Arsi, Ethiopia) is an Ethiopian long distance track athlete and the outdoor 5,000 metres world record holder. She is the current Olympic 5,000 metres and 10,000 metres champion. She has also won four world track titles and five world cross country titles.
Sunette Viljoen (born 6 October 1983) is a South African javelin thrower, who has won gold at the Commonwealth Games and African Championships. She won gold at the 2009 Summer Universiade in Belgrade, throwing 62.52m, but had earlier in qualifying set a new African record 65.46 metres. On June 14, 2010 she improved her African record with 66.38m at the Josef Odložil Memorial in Prague.
Ajoke Muizat Odumosu is a Nigerian 400m/400m hurdles athlete and national record holder. She opened her 2010 season on a successful note when she defeated Beijing Olympics 400m hurdles champion, Melanie Walker (55.66 to 55.96 secs) at the Grande Prêmio Caixa Maringá de Atletismo in Maringa, Brazil in June. Later that month , she won the women's 400m Hurdles in 56.04 at the Nigerian championships in Calabar.
Godfrey Khotso Mokoena
Godfrey Khotso Mokoena (born March 6, 1985 in Heidelberg, South Africa) is a South African athlete who specializes in the long jump and triple jump. In July 2009 he set a new African record in long jump, 8.50m in Madrid in an IAAF Super Grand Prix meeting where he finished second behind Fabrice Lapierre. The previous African record, 8.46, was held by Cheikh Toure of Senegal and set in 1997.
Meseret Defar (born 19 November, 1983 in Addis Ababa) is a female long-distance runner from Ethiopia who competes chiefly in the 3000 metres and 5000 metres events. She has won medals at top-tier international competitions including Olympic and World Championship gold medals over 5000 metres. She broke the world record in the event in 2006, broke it again in 2007 and held it until 2008, when fellow Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba beat her time.
She won a fourth successive gold medal in the 3,000 metres at the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships. Moving on to the road circuit, she won her third title at the Carlsbad 5000, although her time of 15:04did not trouble her own course record.
Linet Chepkwemoi Masai (born 5 December 1989 in Kapsokwony, Mount Elgon District) is a Kenyan distance runner and the winner of the 10,000 metres at the 2009 IAAF World Championships in Athletics held in Berlin, Germany.
She began the build up to her 2010 World Cross Country campaign with wins at the Cross Internacional Valle de Llodio and Cross Internacional de Soria, beating the rest of the field by some distance both times.
Vivian Cheruiyot (born September 11, 1983 in Keiyo District) is an athlete from Kenya. She specializes in long distance running. In early 2009 she broke the Kenyan 3,000 metres indoor record (8:30.53) in Birmingham and won the World's Best 10K race in Puerto Rico. Cheruiyot won the women's 5,000 metres at 14:58.33 seconds at the world track and field championships in Berlin and also retained her World's Best 10K title in 2010.
Gelete Burka Bati (born January 23, 1986) is an Ethiopian middle distance runner. She was born in Kofele in the Arsi Zone of the Oromia Region, the same district as double Olympic champion Haile Gebrselassie. In September 2008 she set a new one mile African record of 4:18.23. The previous record (4:20.79) was held Hassiba Boulmerka of Algeria and was set in 1991.