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Margaret Nyairera Wambui (born 15 September 1995) is a Kenyan middle-distance runner specialising in the 800 metres.[2]

Margaret Nyairera Wambui
Margaret Wambui Rio 2016.jpg
Wambui at the 2016 Olympics
Personal information
Born (1995-09-15) 15 September 1995 (age 24)
Nyeri, Kenya[1]
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight70 kg (154 lb)
SportTrack and field
Event(s)800 metres
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)1:56.89 (outdoors, 2016)
2:00.44 (indoors, 2016)

In her first international competition, she won the gold at the 2014 World Junior Championships.[3][4] She later competed at the 2015 World Championships without advancing from her heat. At the 2016 World Indoor Championships she won the bronze medal.[5] That same year she competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics, setting a new personal best of 1:56.89 in the final, which also earned her a bronze.[6]

In 2019, it was revealed that Wambui was born with the 46,XY karyotype and an intersex condition after her qualification for IAAF women's competition was affected by the association's new regulations for athletes with XY disorders of sex development, testosterone levels above 5 nmol/L, and androgen sensitivity.[7][8]

Competition recordEdit


  1. ^ "2018 CWG bio". Retrieved 29 April 2018.
  2. ^ Margaret Wambui at IAAF
  3. ^ Janeiro, Bismarck Mutahi in Rio de. "Kenya's hope: Nyairera only Kenyan in 800m final as hunt for more medals continue". Standard Digital News. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Kenya's Margaret Nyairera Wambui runs a lifetime best to win women's 800: IAAF Junior World Championships 2014". Retrieved 3 May 2018.
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  6. ^ "IAAF: 800 Metres Result | The XXXI Olympic Games |". Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  7. ^ Francis, Anne. "Olympic 800m bronze medallist Margaret Wambui banned from Stockholm Diamond League". Running. Retrieved 15 June 2019.
  8. ^ "Executive Summary" (PDF). Court of Arbitration for Sport. Retrieved 15 June 2019.

External linksEdit

Margaret Wambui at IAAF