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OCHICHI Isabella

Nationality Kenya Flag KEN Kenya
Birth Date 28/10/1979
Gender Women
Height (m / in) 1.60/5'2''
Weight (kg / lbs) 43/95
Events Inscribed   Athletics Women's 5000m
Medals Won GOLD Medal GOLD -  Women's 5000m

Date Venue Event Country - Name Results Status
24 Mar
MCG Women's 5000m
Final- Final
Kenya Flag KEN  - OCHICHI Isabella (1) 14:57.84 Completed

Place Of Birth Nyanza Province, Kenya
Residence Nairobi and Brest, France
Marital Status Married
Occupation Police Constable
Coach Prof. Veronique Billat
Influential Person David Maina
Recent Results 4th in the 3000m - 8:49.79 (IAAF World Athletics Final, Monaco, 10-Sep-2005)

8th in the 5000m - 14:45.14 (IAAF< world="" championships,="" helsinki,="" finland,="" 13-aug-2005)="">
Games History
has not competed
Games History
Athens 2004
Silver in the 5000m (14:48.19)
Other World Ranking:
5th in the 5000-10,000m (as at 31-Oct-2005, IAAF)

Personal Best:
3000m - 8:31.32 (Paris, France, 23-Jul-2004)
5000m - 14:38.21 (Bruxelles, Belgium, 26-Aug-2005)
10km - 30:27 (New Orleans, LA, USA, 26-Mar-2005) African Record

Isabella's father was a farmer but is now deceased. She is married to road racer David Maina.

In 2001 she joined the Kenya police force, where she benefited from team training. At the end of the summer season she came under the tutaledge of coach Billet, who saw enormous potential in results of physiological tests performed on Ochichi.

Friends of Isabella recommended her to manager Gwenael Vigot in 1997, she then entered nine small road races in France that year, of these she won eight. Her 1998 season was however interrupted by a severe bout of malaria.

Isabella went into the 2004 Olympics in good form and performed up to expectations. She took the lead in the race in an effort to burn the kick out of Ethiopia's Meseret Defar, who was sitting on her shoulder. Meserat however was too strong and sped past Ochichi around the final turn. Isabella hung on for a well earned silver medal.

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