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Saturday, July 28, 2007

The Kenyan Race And Why It Is Symbolic

You know the Kenyan race. Yep that race where only fellow Kenyans can compete and so the frequently expected result is a Kenya one, two, three.

I am of course talking about the 3000 metres steeplechase.

And the strangest of all things is that when a Kenyan changes nationality, they quickly lose their form for this particular race. Meaning that the "magic" is only within the borders of Kenya and one has to be Kenyan for it to work.

And now there is even emerging evidence that it has nothing to do with tribe. Take Ruth Bosibori who won gold in the women's version of the Kenyan race at the recently concluded 9th All Africa games in Algeria. The good lady is from Kisii. Congratulations Ruth.

So what is it about this race and Kenyans?

I believe Kenya's complete dominance in this track event (which surpasses that of the Brazilians in soccer) is symbolic. It is a message to Kenyans to take heart. Despite the many obstacles and problems we face (this race has lots of obstacles) Kenyans, ordinary Kenyans that is, will emerge victorious in the end.


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