Michael Kunyuga is one of the many athletes that Kenya has produced. Our country has such an embarrassment of riches that we at times forget how hard athletics in general is and the grit and dedication it needs.
But this past weekend Kenyans were reminded about how tough the discipline of marathon-running is. This was courtesy of marathoner Michael Kunyuga who crawled past the finish line to finish second at Hannover Marathon on Sunday, April 8.
Reports reaching indicate that Kunyunga, who bagged silver during the race, collapsed a few metres to the finish line.
He beat Duncan Koech by three microseconds after clocking 02:10:16 as his determination earned him a personal best. Ethiopia’s Seboka Negusse Erre emerged top after clocking 02:09:44 winning his first marathon, as Kenya’s Agnes Kiprop won the women’s race.
However, it was Kunyunga’s resilience that caught the attention of the world, with many lauding him on his achievement. Kenyans were not excluded as they also gave props to the man.