Kenyas triumph in Guiyang attests the value of hard training
Kenya’s domination at the 41st World Cross Country Championships held in Guiyang, China, has proved once again the benefits of hard training. The feat is testimony that hard training and discipline are still the determinants of success in athletics and, in effect, put to shame the drug cheats who have of late soiled the name of the country by looking for shortcuts to athletics glory. Before the team departed for Guiyang, the runners were put in a high-altitude residential camp in Kigari in central Kenya where they trained under seasoned coaches. Kenya bagged the senior men’s and women’s titles during the biennial event.In the past three decades, runners from Kenya have simply dominated the sport of long distance running in all facets including cross-country, track, and the marathon. In the world rankings for marathon running, it is not uncommon for Kenyans to sometimes hold 8 of the top 10 spots for the men and 6 of the top ten spots in women’s rankings. But how can one country be so overpowering in a sport that anyone can participate in? There are a number of factors that all work together to make Kenyan runners the best of the best. Rigorous training regimens, the physical geography of Kenya, support of the athletes and early participation of children are some of the factors why Kenyan runners are by far the best long distance runners in the world.