photo courtesy of ceburunning.com
Continuation to “No Kenyans Please!”…
They’re definitely the world’s best runners. Majority admired them, few envied them but none will hate them for sure.
Kenya is a strong nation in tract and field, particularly running. Their specialty is in long and middle distance running. Names such as Paul Tergat, Catherine Ndereba, Joyce Chepchumba and Henry Kipchirchir are some of those great runners that this country has produced.
And here’s another one.
Salina Kosgei grew up in a small hut without water or electricity, the tenth child of a farmer in rural Kenya. But that didn’t slow her down. Each morning, Salina sprinted out of the hut-literally-and ran more than six miles to school, barefoot.
These days, it’s 26 mile marathons she’s running, and winning.
In April, she won the Boston Marathon by less than one second.
Vincent Kipchirchir Chepsiror, who won the Subic International Marathon with a time of 2.27, was also a man to be admired. He came from a humble beginning but he dominated the Bonn Marathon in 2004 with a time of 2.13.04.
Paul Tergat, whom I featured on this blog several months ago, the man they called ‘The Gentleman’ is regarded as one of the most accomplished long distance runners of all time. He held the world record in marathon from 2003 to 2007 with the best time of 2.04.55.
Perhaps the words from William Sigei give us a glimpse why they are great and to be admired…
They are too fearsome to behold when running, tireless and indefatigable but wonderful people to be with.
I’m so grateful to run with them in QCIM and SIM.
The author at the starting line with those Kenyans…
God be Praised!