Florence WASIKE

Athlete Profile

  • COUNTRY
    Kenya Kenya
  • DATE OF BIRTH
    20 MAR 1979
    ATHLETE'S IAAF CODE
    209008
Florence Wasike in the 400m Hurdles at the Kenyan Prisons champs, one of her four victories at the meeting (Elias Makori)

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
100 Metres 12.0h Nairobi (KEN) 30 MAY 2009
200 Metres 24.95 Nairobi (KEN) 15 JUN 2006
400 Metres 53.31 Nairobi (KEN) 18 JUN 2005
800 Metres 2:13.9h Mombasa (KEN) 16 MAY 2009
1500 Metres 4:18.5h Nairobi (KEN) 13 MAY 2017
100 Metres Hurdles 14.21 +0.2 Nairobi (KEN) 29 JUL 2010
400 Metres Hurdles 56.96 Nairobi (KEN) 26 JUN 2010
Long Jump 5.67 Kasarani (KEN) 29 JUN 2006
Heptathlon 4906 Réduit (MRI) 19 APR 2009
4x400 Metres Relay 3:37.45 Glasgow (GBR) 01 AUG 2014

Legend

* Not legal.

Latest Active Season: 2017

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
1500 Metres 4:18.5h Nairobi (KEN) 13 MAY 2017

Outdoor

200 Metres

Performance Wind Place Date
2008 25.09 -3.6 Addis Abeba (ETH) 02 MAY 2008
2006 24.95 Nairobi (KEN) 15 JUN 2006

Outdoor

400 Metres

Performance Place Date
2010 55.01 Nairobi (KEN) 29 MAY 2010
2007 54.93 Khartoum (SUD) 24 MAY 2007
2006 54.56 Khartoum (SUD) 25 MAY 2006
2005 53.31 Nairobi (KEN) 18 JUN 2005

Outdoor

800 Metres

Performance Place Date
2008 2:14.53 Addis Abeba (ETH) 03 MAY 2008

Outdoor

100 Metres Hurdles

Performance Wind Place Date
2015 14.73 NWI Nairobi (KEN) 11 JUL 2015
2010 14.21 +0.2 Nairobi (KEN) 29 JUL 2010
2008 14.67 -1.4 Addis Abeba (ETH) 02 MAY 2008
2007 14.67 Nairobi (KEN) 16 JUN 2007

Outdoor

400 Metres Hurdles

Performance Place Date
2015 1:00.04 Nairobi (KEN) 11 JUL 2015
2014 58.53 Nairobi (KEN) 07 JUN 2014
2013 59.53 Nairobi (KEN) 20 JUN 2013
2010 56.96 Nairobi (KEN) 26 JUN 2010
2009 58.42 Nairobi (KEN) 27 JUN 2009
2008 57.42 Cuxhaven (GER) 12 JUL 2008
2007 57.37 Algiers (ALG) 22 JUL 2007
2006 58.11 Bambous (MRI) 13 AUG 2006
2005 57.73 Nairobi (KEN) 18 JUN 2005

Outdoor

Long Jump

Performance Wind Place Date
2010 5.40 Nairobi (KEN) 28 MAY 2010
2008 5.45 -1.2 Addis Abeba (ETH) 03 MAY 2008
2007 5.67 Nairobi (KEN) 14 JUN 2007
2006 5.67 Kasarani (KEN) 29 JUN 2006

Outdoor

Heptathlon

Performance Wind Place Date
2009 4906 Réduit (MRI) 19 APR 2009
2008 4867 Addis Abeba (ETH) 03 MAY 2008

Outdoor

4x400 Metres Relay

Performance Place Date
2014 3:37.45 Glasgow (GBR) 01 AUG 2014
2010 3:39.96 New Delhi (IND) 11 OCT 2010

Honours - African Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. Heptathlon 4867 Addis Abeba (ETH) 03 MAY 2008
6. 400 Metres Hurdles 58.11 Bambous (MRI) 13 AUG 2006
6. 100 Metres Hurdles 14.21 +0.2 Nairobi (KEN) 29 JUL 2010

Honours - All-African Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
5. 400 Metres Hurdles 57.37 Algiers (ALG) 22 JUL 2007

Honours - Commonwealth Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
6. 400 Metres Hurdles 57.75 New Delhi (IND) 10 OCT 2010

Honours - National Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 100 Metres Hurdles 14.42 Nairobi (KEN) 26 JUN 2010
1. 400 Metres Hurdles 56.96 Nairobi (KEN) 26 JUN 2010
1. 100 Metres Hurdles 14.5h Nairobi (KEN) 27 JUN 2009
1. 400 Metres Hurdles 58.42 Nairobi (KEN) 27 JUN 2009
1. 100 Metres Hurdles 14.67 Nairobi (KEN) 16 JUN 2007
1. Long Jump 5.67 Nairobi (KEN) 14 JUN 2007
1. 400 Metres 57.8h Kasarani (KEN) 01 JUL 2006
1. 400 Metres Hurdles 57.8h Kasarani (KEN) 01 JUL 2006
1. 100 Metres Hurdles 14.6h Nairobi (KEN) 18 JUN 2005
1. 400 Metres Hurdles 57.73 Nairobi (KEN) 18 JUN 2005
Results in:

1500 Metres

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
13 MAY 2017 Nairobi Kenyan Prisons Ch. KENKEN F F 1. 4:18.5h


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Updated 1 May 2008

Florence WASIKE, Kenya (Heptathlon)


Born: 20 March,1979, Karima Village, Tongaren, Bungoma District

Club: Kenya Prisons

Coach: Steven Mwaniki


Florence Wasike has returned this year to Heptathlon after reigning supreme in sprints in Kenya in the past few years.  A multiple national champion, the Kenya Prisons warder was named the overall best sportswoman of the year at the National Championships for athletics in 2006 and 2007 as well as Kenya Prisons sportswoman of the year for four straight years.

The third born in a family of eight, Wasike attended Nabiswa Complex Primary school before joining Sirakaru High school from 1996 to 2000. “I loved running so I just started running as a joke then realised that it was in my blood and became serious about it,” she said.

Her father, who was a teacher, urged her to take it seriously while in class six. “My father used to run when he was young and he encouraged me,” she said.

In secondary school she blossomed into a top sprinter and, in 1999, she placed ninth in Heptathlon at the National Secondary School Games in Thika. “I could do almost everything on the track so I decided to try Heptathlon and I ended up reaching the nationals.”

The following year Wasike again reached the National Secondary School finals, this time finishing second in the 400m. Despite her sterling form in sprints, she never made any of the country’s junior teams. “I didn’t know that such competitions existed because I had no exposure,” she said.

Having cleared school in 2000, Wasike started 2001 by working at a pharmacy in Bungoma. She wanted to pursue further education but lacked the fees. “I wanted to do nursing but the cost of parallel degree was too much,” she said. But, in May that year, a former teacher spotted her selling in the chemist and took her to Kakamega where she was introduced to prisons coach Steven Kigai. He remembered her from her school days and offered her a chance to train with Prisons western.

Wasike impressed instantly, making the prisons team for the National Championships, where she came third in 400m and anchored the relay team to second place.

In 2002, she again came third in 400m at the National Championships. 

During the same year she made valiant attempts to join the country’s disciplined forces. “I went for recruitment for the Army, Police, Administration P and NYS but was not successful,” she said.

In November, she realised her dream when Prisons announced recruitment. Wasike easily gained admission and joined for a nine-month training course to September 2003. At the 2003 National Championships, Wasike won the 200m (26.18) before coming fourth in 400m (56.41). At the National trials, two weeks later, Wasike came second in 200m (26.4) and sixth at 400m (57.0).

At the 2004 National Championships, Wasike won her favourite event, the 400m Hurdles in 60.71. At the trials for the Athens Olympics, she came fourth in 400m in 55.2. In the 2005 Nationals, Wasike won the 100m Hurdles (14.6) and the 400m Hurdles (57.73) as well as finishing third in the 400m (55:31). She came third in 400m at the National trials for the World Championships in Helsinki (54.41) but did not make the team (Kenya has not fielded athletes in sprints events at the Olympics and World Championships this millennium).

Wasike married David Masila Kilundo in September and, after the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in March, she continued her dominance in sprint events in 2006. In Melbourne, she was disqualified in the semi-finals. In 400m flat, she finished seventh in her heat. At the National Championships, she won three national titles: the100m hurdles (14.9), 400m Hurdles (57.8) and Long Jump (5.76m). She also finished second in the 400m (54.3).

She made her debut at the African Athletics Championships in Bambous Mauritius, placing fifth in the 400m heats in 55.02 and  sixth in the final (58.42) of the 400m Hurdles.

It was at these championships that she made a vow to return to Heptathlon.

“I had stopped competing in Heptathlon because there was no competition but, in Bambous, there were only three competitors and only one looked really good so I decided to try it at the next championships,” she said.

In 2007, continuing to play her full role for the Prisons team, Wasike won four events at an Athletics Kenya meeting in March - 400m Hurdles (63.34), 100m (12.9), 200m (25.9) and Long Jump (4.94m). In May, she won silver in 400m Hurdles at East Africa Championships in Kampala.  At the National Championships in June, Wasike won the 100m Hurdles (14.67) and Long Jump (5.67) and finished second in the 400m Hurdles (58.31). At the National trials, Wasike came second in 400m in 54.63.

Wasike started 2008 in the best way possible, winning the Heptathlon at the first edition of the African Combined Events meeting in Mauritius in April. She scored 4715 points to beat three other women.

For a role model, Wasike looks to World and Olympic champion Carolina Kluft, of Sweden. “She is amazing in that she has almost no weakness and seems to do well in every discipline,” Wasike said. “Also to go for so long undefeated (since 2002) is absolutely amazing.”

Wasike pinpoints High Jump as one of the areas that she needs to work on in Heptathlon, “It poses problems for me but, on the plus side, I enjoy all the running.”


Personal Best

Heptathlon: 4715 (2008)


Yearly Progression

400m Hurdles: 2005 - 57.73, 2006 – 58.11; 2007 – 57.37
400m:  2004 - 55.2; 2005 - 55.31; 2006 - 55.02; 2007 - 54.63
Heptathlon: 2008 - 4715


Career Highlights

2006    6th African Athletics Championships (400m Hurdles)
2007    1st  Africa Combined Events (Heptathlon)

Prepared by James Wokabi and Mutwiri Mutuota for the IAAF ‘Focus on Athletes’ project. Copyright IAAF 2008

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