THE first, second and third places in the Tel Aviv Marathon were won by Kenyan runners. Ezekiel Koech finished the race in a record time of two hours, 14 minutes and 40 seconds; Keter Emmanuel Triop finished just under a minute behind Koech; and Sammy Limo clocked in at two hours, 20 minutes and 14 seconds. All three came to Israel from Kenya in order to participate. Margaret Mjuga, who is also from Kenya, came first among the women runners.

Given the spate of negativity towards migrants from African countries, the win by a Kenyan runner who set a new record is a balm to African pride. There must be something special in the African genes because runners from African states also do very well in running events at the Olympics and other international sporting events.

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