Kenyan Sport Legends

They represented so well

By  | Feb 16, 2022, 04:38 PM

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Kenya is well-known for many things. The East African country is well-known for having the Big Five, the Great Wildebeest Migration, and beautiful beaches. Tourists from all over the world visit the country year after year to see what it has to offer.

Aside from its delicious cuisine, rich history, and breathtaking scenery, the country is also known for its famous faces and world-record-breaking athletes.

This article touches on a few of Kenya's most successful athletes and how they arrived, saw, and conquered the world.

David Rudisha

David Lekuta Rudisha is a middle-distance runner who was born and raised in Kenya. David, is not your average middle-distance runner; he is the 800m Olympic Champion from 2012 and 2016, a two-time World Champion, and a world record holder. He began running at a young age and won the 800m junior World Championship at the age of 18. David was born into a running family, with his father winning a silver medal in the 1968 Olympics as part of Kenya's 4 x 400m relay team and his mother a former 400m hurdler.

Following an injury that forced him to retire early in 2019, David now spends his time coaching, motivating, and empowering the next cohort of Kenyan record breakers. 

McDonald Mariga

McDonald Mariga, a retired soccer player, is another of Kenya's biggest sports stars. The gifted footballer was so good at his craft that he started playing for national teams while still in high school. The midfielder moved to Europe in 2005 and spent several years playing for Swedish clubs. Mariga made history in 2019 by becoming the first Kenyan professional football player to play in the UEFA Champions League after signing with the Italian club Inter Milan as a midfielder. Mariga's career continued to soar, but he retired in 2019 and returned to Kenya, where he entered the political scene.

Victor Wanyama

Victor was born into a sporting family and was destined for greatness from the start. Wanyama made his Kenyan National team debut at the age of 15 in a friendly match against Nigeria's Super Eagles. His career took off from there, as he went on to play in all of Kenya's games for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. He was named captain of the national team in 2013 and competed in the Africa Cup of Nations in 2019. Victor later played for international clubs such as Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur. Victor and McDonald are brothers, which is a fun fact.