Tuesday, 22 April 2008
For an athlete to win a marathon race, it's usually an ultimate for one's training and career. But for you to win 4 times, that's greatness ( as some popular beer brand advert would say.
This distinction lands on one Robert Cheruiyot, fondly known as Mwafrika to his peers. He won the race in 2:07:46 .Last year he seemed to have reached the peak of his career and even won the World Marathon Series title. I can tell you , a marathon is one of the meanest races one would ever compete in. First you usually train alone and even though you might be part of a team, the ultimate effort is usually individual. It gets tougher on the race day since you never know what sort of weather to expect and even if its good, you don't know how other people are conditioned.
Well Robert is now like a textbook example of how to train and run for a marathon. The win comes with a $ 150,000 prize money as well as a possibility of Olympic Games qualification. SportsKenya salutes a true Kenyan hero.