Metro

Grapevine: Running into problems

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.

Avraham Fried
Photo by: Wikimedia Commons
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.



Read More...
   
Jpost.com, the online edition of the Jerusalem Post Newspaper - the most read and best-selling English-language newspaper in Israel. For analysis and opinion from Israel, the Jewish World and the Middle East. Jpost.com offers expert and in-depth reporting from Israel, the Jewish World and the Middle East, including diplomacy and defense, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the Arab Spring, the Mideast peace process, politics in Israel, life in Jerusalem, Israel's international affairs, Iran and its nuclear program, Syria and the Syrian civil war, Lebanon, the Palestinian Authority, the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Israel's world of business and finance, and Jewish life in Israel and the Diaspora.

All rights reserved © The Jerusalem Post 1995 - 2014