Kenyan politician readies to run in Olympic marathon

Dawn comes misty and cold on the steep sides of the Nyaru escarpment as Kenya’s Olympic men’s marathon team begin their training run, a line-up of veteran athletes including a current lawmaker.
With the Rio Olympics Games less than two months away, the team with two-time London marathon winner Eliud Kipchoge and 2012 Boston marathon champ Wesley Korir, have stepped up their preparations in a bid to reclaim the title they last won eight years ago.
The 32-year-old Korir is also a serving member of the Kenyan parliament, well known as an anti-doping campaigner.
A surprise inclusion in the squad, he joined the team for the first time to run the 40-kilometre (25-mile) course and was left bruised after the workout near Eldoret in Kenya’s north-west region.
“The key now is to train hard, stay focused and remain healthy. I think we are going to take the top three positions in Rio,” Korir, taking a break from politics to train, told AFP.
Korir says he is “excited to be the first-ever sitting Member of Parliament anywhere in the world to get the opportunity to run at the Olympics”.

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