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After the collapse of Kenyan cricket. the country was left with two sports to be proud of: athletics (particularly cross country) and sevens rugby.
On the weekend of 28th March 2015 Kenya had sent teams to China to represent the country in the two sports. The sevens crew was in Hong Kong while the cross country team was in Guiyang,
The Chinese outing though was rather miserable for the Kenyans. With both teams performing below expectation, Perhaps it was Chinese gods revenging on Kenyans for the way they had treated some Chinese nationals in Nairobi.
In the week of 26th March, 2015, a Chinese restaurant in upmarket area of Nairobi was roundly condemned in social and mainstream Kenyan media for not admitting blacks after 5.00 p.m. Subsequently the county government of Nairobi suddenly realized that non of its officers had ever seen such a conspicuous eatery and did not know that there was such an outfit operating illegally. The national Kenyan government was not left behind. It was time for someone to know that the director of the restaurant was in fact in the country illegally. Some youths took queue and in what reeked xenophobia attached the restaurant destroying property.
The Kenyan sevens team managed only 3 points from the Hong Kong outing. They lost all the group games: 14-21 to the US; 7-14 to England; 12 - 19 to Wales. The team then lost 10 - 21 to Canada in Bowl quarters. The Kenyans though did save some face by beating Portugal 21 - 0 and Japan 27 - 7 in the shield semis and finals respectively.
The cross country team was somewhat more successful but performance was still considerably short of what was expected. Geoffrey Kipsang KAMWOROR won the men senior race in 34:52 ahead of compatriot Bedan Karoki MUCHIRI (35:00). Ethiopian Muktar EDRIS took bronze in 35:06. The Kenyans missed out on the team gold despite tying with Ethiopia on 20 points on account of their fourth counter finishing behind the Ethiopian's fourth.
Agnes won gold in the women's senior race but the her effort was not good enough to get a team gold for Kenya. Ethiopia once again won the gold.The Kenyan athlete finished in 26:01.5 seconds ahead of of Ethiopia (26:06). In winning the team gold, Ethiopia endeda five year Kenyan winning streak.
The late Olympic gold medalist Samuel Kamau Wanjiru was murdered. Dr Moses Njue, who led a team of four doctors in conducting the post-mortem, ruled out the possibility of Wanjiru having died of the fall from the balcony of his house. He told an inquest that Wanjiru was hit by a blunt object.
He said that Wanjiru had an injury at the back of his that was so severe that it had broken his skull into two. “This could not have been caused by a rebound fall”; the pathologist explained.
Led by the Nairobi Chief Magistrate Hannah Ndung’u the inquest aims to establish the cause of his death, owing to the controversial circumstances surrounding it. It felt that he was either was killed, committed suicide, or died accidentally on jumping from the balcony.
The pathologist was categorical that the injuries must have been inflicted after Wanjiru jumped or fell from the balcony and they were independently inflicted leaving no doubt that Wanjiru was killed.
Initial police reports had suggested that he might have committed suicide by this theory was out rightly rejected by his mother Hanna Wanjiru. Hannah had at that time accused Triza Njeri, Kamau wife, of killing him a claim which the wife denied.
But with this findings by the team of doctors things get murky.
If what the pathologist says is true then between Jane Nduta, the girl allegedly with Kamau on the night he died, Triza Njeri , and the watchman could be someone who knows more than they told the police.
The stadium is the Olympic Stadium, Seoul South Korea. It is the 1992 World Junior Championships in Athletics. Kenyan Josphat Machuka is 20 meter away from winning the 10, 000 meters men’s race. 10,000 meters is a good 10 kilometers so 20 meters is a really small fraction of the whole. Just when he thought he had won the race, Machuka was overtaken by the then 19 year old Haile Gebrselassie. Not only did Machuka think he had fought the good fight and finished the race, but he also thought he had won it.
The bad loser Machuka
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.
Machuka had in this case thought that he was winner of the prize. So when Gebrselassie overtook him within meters to the finish, he punched him in the back. Of course Gebrselassie won and Machuka missed out on any the prize. Gebrselassie was lucky that the only weapon that Machuka had was the punch. Just supposing he had a gun?
So is it always worthwhile competing in races even when one’s competitors are as bad losers as Machuka?
The late Kabete MP, Muchai, was definitely involved in a lot races. Will he really say he has fought the good fight and won the race? He surely did not win. It looks pretty clear that Muchai was racing with very bad losers. He was in trade union races. He was in political races. He was in business races. He was in moral races. In all these races, there must have been one loser who could not take.
Should we always fight the good fight hopping to win the race? Or should we at times let it go?
While condoling with the family of the late legislator, athleticsinkenya.com would wish to put it that winning races at any cost is never the point. Kenyan athletes are getting in trouble for taking performance enhancing substances to win races at any cost.
1 Corinthians 9:26
Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly;
Always run with purpose but keep in mind that we cannot always win. Live to run another day.
Our heartfelt condolences to the family of the three aides who were out at 3 a.m. not out of choice but only because duty required them to.
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