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Kenya’s President Looking For Olympic Answers

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Aug. 23, 2012
Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki has ordered a report on his nations' poor showing at the Olympics.. Photo: Kenyan Post

He, along with the rest of his nation, are wondering just what happened to Team Kenya in London.

The performance by Kenya’s athletes in the distance events at the recent 2012 Olympic Games in London was not the gold-medal extravaganza the world had expected.

After all, the top marathon runner in the women’s race came from rival Ethiopia, and in the men’s event, Uganda’s Stephen Kiprotich put down a surge that world champion Abel Kirui couldn’t match.

This lackluster showing has many in Kenya asking the following question: what happened?

Among those concerned is the very president of the East African nation, Mwai Kibaki, who has directed the Ministry of Sports to move fast to find out the reason for the poor showing.

“We are proud of Kenya’s position as a leading sporting nation. Let us never take that for granted,” President Kibaki said.

Kenya’s Sports Ministry will issue an investigative report on what happened (or didn’t happen) and Kibaki noted that he hopes these lessons will be learned in the forthcoming Olympic Games in four years.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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