And no one other than Oprah Winfrey is in Copehagen to introduce the 1st Lady.
Muriel Hurtis-Houairi is an athlete from France. She specialises in the 200 metre sprint race in which she is the reigning European champion and 4×100 metre relay events. In the 2004 Olympics she failed to qualify for the semi-finals of the 200 metres. She won the bronze medal in the 4x100m relay at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.
Malia Metella is a freestyle and butterfly swimmer from France, who was born in French Guiana. She won her first senior titles at the European SC Championships 2003 in Dublin, Ireland. At her first Olympic appearance in Athens, Greece, the sprinter won the silver medal in the 50 m freestyle.
Lornah Kiplagat is a Dutch long-distance runner. She was born in Kabiemit, Kenya and came to the Netherlands in 1999. She gained Dutch citizenship in 2003 and has run for the Netherlands since. She is specialised not only in road running, she also runs track and field. She currently holds the world records at the distances 5000 meters on the road, 10 Mile, 20,000 meters on the road, and half marathon.
Besides the Dutch marathon record, Kiplagat also owns four World records. In the 5000 meter road race she ran the distance in 14:47, while she lowered her own record in the 10 miles of 50.54 by two seconds to 50.50 during the 2006 Dam tot Damloop, which she also won in 2002. On 14 October 2007, Kiplagat set a new half-marathon world record of 1:06:25 at the World Road Running Championships at Udine, Italy, while defending the title she first won in 2006. She also smashed her own 20km world record en route, running 1:02:57.
Jeux Olympiques : 1??re s??lection
Championnats d’Europe : Vice-championne d’Europe 2008 du 400m nage libre, championne d’Europe au titre du relais 4 x 200m NL ; bassin de 25m : 2 s??lections (Helsinki 2006, Debrecen 2007)
Championnats de France : Championne de France 2008 du 400m nage libre, vice championne de France 2005 et 2006 du 200m NL
Meilleures performances 2008 : Eindhoven vice-championne d’Europe 2008 du 400m NL, championne d’Europe du relais 4 x 200m NL
Nombre de s??lections : 1e
Records personnels : bassin 50 m : 100m NL (56.44), 200m NL (1:57.99), 400m NL (4:04.15), 800m NL (8:25.63)
Depuis les championnats d’Europe d’Eindhoven, Coralie a d??montr?? qu’elle pouvait nager un 400 m de classe mondiale (4:04.15). Les s??lections olympiques au cours desquelles elle est devenue championne de France ont confirm?? son talent. Autant dire qu’elle a des atouts ?? faire valoir pour ses premiers Jeux Olympiques. Elle sera ??galement un des ??l??ments forts du relais 4 x 200 NL tricolore qui r??ve de podium olympique.
Kimani-Marcetic is in Beijing to represent her country in the marathon at the Olympic Games and is one of Bosnia’s four athletes to the Games, one of the smallest delegations here.
Read her story at the Daily Nation.
Josephine Onyia is a Nigerian-Spanish hurdler. She changed nationality from Nigeria to Spain in April 2007, following in the footsteps of another hurdler Glory Alozie.
Onyia’s personal best time is 12.50 seconds, a Spanish national record, set at the IAAF Golden League meet in Berlin, on 1 June 2008.