Margaret Okayo

The Course Record-Holder

Margaret Okayo was a dominant force in the marathon: She won the New York City Marathon in 2001 and 2003—setting a course record of 2:22:31 that still stands—and also racked up two San Diego Marathon wins and one victory each at the Boston, London, and Milan marathons. That record of seven wins in major world marathons shows extraordinary consistency. In her five finishes at the New York City Marathon, Okayo never finished lower than fifth place.


Okayo also showed a remarkable ability to bounce back from disappointments. Forced to drop out of the Chicago Marathon in 2001 due to dehydration, she came back to win the New York Marathon less than a month later. Similarly, she rebounded from a sub-par 2002 New York City Marathon to win the Milan Marathon within a month.

Race History

Career Highlights

Year Event Time
1999 Chicago Marathon 2:26:00
2000 Rock 'n' Roll San Diego 2:27:05
2000 New York City Marathon 2:26:36
2001 Rock 'n' Roll San Diego 2:25:05
2001 New York City 2:24:21
2002 Boston 2:20:43
2002 New York City 2:27:46
2002 Milan 2:24:59
2003 Boston 2:27:39
2003 New York City 2:22:31
2004 London 2:22:35
2004 New York City 2:26:31
2005 London 2:25:22

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