Kenya: How Obiri’s Father Pushed Her to Athletics Glory

Perhaps she would have disappeared to oblivion if it were not for some swift action from a former Kenya Defence Forces athletics coach who has helped nurture some of Kenya’ stop athletes.

After passing out from Kenya Defence Forces Recruit Training School (RTS) in Eldoret in March, 2009, Hellen Obiri would drop athletics for two years after she was posted to the Laikipia Air Base.

A product of Riruta Central High School, an institution that is best regarded as Nairobi’s hub for athletics, she had…


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