They Came, Saw And Conquered

East African legends

By  | Feb 16, 2022, 05:24 PM

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Kenya is famous for a plethora reasons. The country in East Africa is most popular for the Big Five, the Great Wildebeest Migration, and its pristine beaches. Year after year, tourists from all over the world come to see what the country has to offer.

Aside from its delectable cuisine, fascinating history, and spectacular wildlife and scenic views, the country is also very well for its famous figures and world-record-breaking athletes.

This article highlights a few of Kenya's most talented athletes and their journeys to world dominance.

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 was the Olympic 800m champion in 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, as his father won a silver medal with Kenya's 4 x 400m relay team in the 1968 Olympics and his mother was a former 400m hurdler.

David now devotes his time to coaching, inspiring, and empowering Kenya's next generation of record breakers due to injuries that forced him to retire in early 2019.

McDonald Mariga

McDonald Mariga, a seasoned soccer player, is another well-known Kenyan athlete. The exceptionally gifted footballer excelled at his craft to the point where he was called up to the Kenyan national team 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 when he signed with the Italian club Inter Milan as a midfielder, becoming the first Kenyan professional football player to play in the UEFA Champions League. Mariga's career took off, but he retired in 2019 and moved back to Kenya, where he became involved in politics.

Victor Wanyama

Victor was born into an athletic family and was destined for great things from the begining. Wanyama made his national team debut for Kenya at the age of 15 in a friendly against Nigeria's Super Eagles. From there, his hard work paid off, as he went on to play in all of Kenya's FIFA World Cup qualifiers in 2010. He was named captain of the Harambe Stars national team in 2013, and he 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.