More than 30 Kenyan-born athletes played for new countries at Rio, Olympics


Bahrain got its first ever gold in the Olympics when 19 year old Ruth Jebet won a gold medal in the Women’s 3000m steeplechase at the games, drumming it in that Kenyans were facing former Kenyans in races that the East African nation normally won reports Standard Media.

The move by Kenyan athletes to switch nationalities has seen their new adopted nations claim a fair share of Kenya’s athletic glory in the sporting world. A couple of these athletes include, USA’s former world champion Bernard Lagat, Turkey’s Mike Kigen, Buhrain has a couple of them, including 2014 world junior 3000m steeplechase champion Ruth Jebet and newly crowned Olympic marathon bronze Eunice Kirwa.

These athletes switch countries is search of money, fame and some even out of love since some get married.

“More than 30 Kenyan-born athletes are lined up for races in Rio de Janeiro, with Turkey and Bahrain accounting for the highest numbers. The US, Israel and Bosnia have claimed a slice of glory, thanks to Kenya’s talent glut.” says the Standard

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