Although they are not yet as famous as the male athletes, African women runners are beginning to make a name for themselves. In 2001, Catherine Ndereba from Kenya slashed the world record at the Boston Marathon. In the 2000 Olympics in Sydney African women did almost as well in the distance races as did the African men. Maria Mutola won her country’s (Mozambique) first ever gold medal by winning the 800 meters. World record holder Mouria Merah-Benida (Algeria) won the gold medal in the 1,500 meters. And in the 10,000 meters, Ethiopian runners Derartu Tulu and Get Wami took both the gold and silver medals!