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Silver medalist Manangoi receives hero's welcome at his Ntulele home

16 September 2015, 10:50 Geoffrey Kimagut

Narok - Hundreds of Maasais turned up to welcome Elijah Motonei Manangoi, who won silver medal in the 1,500m during the IAAF World champions held at Beijing, at his Ntulele home in Narok county.

Business in the sprawling commercial centre came to a standstill when Manangoi arrived in the Ntulele Trading centre in a convoy of about 10 vehicles that snaked its way to his home where he was given a rousing welcome.

His arrival caused a heavy traffic snarl up along the busy Narok-Mai Mahiu highway as commuters traveling to Nairobi, Maasai Mara and Western Kenya were locked in the middle.

Security was tight as he made his way to his home amidst ululations and Maasai traditional songs fit for a hero returning from a successful raid.

Those who accompanied the 22-year-old were the new world 400M hurdles champion Nicholas Bett, 400m hurdles semifinalist Harun Koech, the former national 400M champions Vincent Mumo among other athletes.

Also in attendance were Narok East MP, Ken Kiloku and Narok County Chief Officer of ICT and e-government, Ntaine Ole Nkere.

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And as a mark of Rudisha’s position of honour, it was area legislator who invited him to speak.

He thanked Kenyans for praying and supporting the team that emerged the best in the world.

He also urged the youth to work hard so as to achieve their goals in life.

“Everybody has potential to be world beaters in athletics. This is not like football where you play as a team; in athletics, you need personal effort and self motivation-that it what helpe me to break world record,” said Manangoi.

The athlete said he has now shifted his focus to IAAF Diamond leagues and the 29th edition of Olympics games which will be staged in Rio de Janeiro in August next year.

While praising the silver medalist for good results, he said the athlete has put Narok County on top of the global chart and they have every reason to celebrate him.

“Manangoi’s victory is a good start for the community and other upcoming athletes. We want to partner with him to be the ambassador of Narok East in all the matters,” said Kiloku.

Narok region has produced a constellation of the memorable names in the world of athletes. They include Billy Konchellah who is the  younger brother the late Patrick Konchellah, 4x 400 relay Olympic Silver medalist at the 1968 Mexico City games Daniel Rudisha, his son David Rudisha, the current World’s 800 M record holder, Charles Kokoyo, Stephen Marai and Dr. Darius Taruru.

Others are Leonard Kirua ole Kosencha, who won He won a gold medal at the 800m at the 2011 world Youth championships and Alphas Kishoyian, also a silver medalist in the 400m in the championship.

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