Veronica Nyaruai

Veronica Nyaruai Wanjiru (born October 29, 1989 in Nyahururu) is a Kenyan runner who specialises in 1500 metres. She now lives in Kaptagat, where she attends PACE training camp.

Nyaruai winning the 2009 Cross Internacional de Venta de Baños.

She took part at the 2007 world Championships, but was 12th overall and missed the 1500 m final.

In 2008, she would have been eligible to defend her Junior World title, but she placed fourth at the Kenyan trial and was not selected.[1]

She is based at the PACE Sports Management training camp in Kaptagat.

Nyaruai won the Cross Internacional de Venta de Baños in 2009, beating Steph Twell in the process.[2]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing   Kenya
2005 World Cross Country Championships Saint-Galmier, France 2nd Junior race (6.153 km) 20:56
World Youth Championships Marrakesh, Morocco 1st 3000 m 9:01.61
2006 World Cross Country Championships Fukuoka, Japan 2nd Junior race (6 km) 19:27
World Junior Championships Beijing, China 1st 3000 m 9:02.90
2007 World Cross Country Championships Mombasa, Kenya 3rd Junior race (6 km) 21:10
All-Africa Games Algiers, Algeria 2nd 1500 m 4:09.11
World Championships Algiers, Algeria 22nd (sf) 1500 m 4:21.50
2008 African Championships Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 5th 5000 m 15:53.55
Olympic Games Beijing, China 41st (h) 3000 m s'chase 10:01.69
2012 African Championships Porto Novo, Benin 2nd 5000 m 15:40.65

Personal bestsEdit


In the 2005 Kenyan Sports Personality of the Year awards, Wanjiru was selected the most promising sportswoman of the year. She finished third at the sportswoman of the year category, behind Catherine Ndereba and the boxer Conjestina Achieng.[3]