Kenya’s Emmanuel Wanyonyi broke the 800m barriers when he won the two lap race title during the world under 20 athletics championships that were held at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani in Nairobi, Kenya.
Wanyonyi, a form two student at the AIC Kosirai high school in Nandi County, was least expected to bearing in the mind his background as a herd’s boy. But that came to a surprise celeb when he won the race with the national record 1:43.76 to tally Kenyan medals to eleven: six gold, one silver and four bronze with compatriot Noah Kibet finishing third in 1:44. 88 to bag bronze.
Coming from the luhya community, well known in sprints like Ferdinand Omanyala Omurwa, Wanyonyi has proved that talents can be found in any part of the country and community.
“It was a great race and running 1:43.76 at high altitude and setting a championship record has just confirmed that indeed I am good in this race. I will keep pushing to see how much I can lower my new personal best, who knows maybe I can one day bring down David Rudisha’s World Record,” said Wanyonyi.
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