20 Apr '12, 10pm
Meet Abel Kirui: The Electric Marathoner
There are some reports out there saying that Kenyans are good at running for this or that reason. They're light, they're tall, they're genetically superior, they're from altitude, they're running to and from school, they're they're they're... In Abel Kirui's case, since apparently we have to find "good reasons" (typically immediately disputable blanket statements) to explain everything we don't immediately understand, perhaps his greatness can be traced back through the family line. Seated, legs crossed with a background looking like a college kid's tiny dorm, eyes sparkling, Kirui held court "My great grandfather was in the south, part of the Nandi, chasing antelope," Kirui explains. "A long, long time ago we used to be hunters. We used to go to the escarpment and chase the antelope. When I was a kid I came home and my mother had made porridge without sugar. Life was diff...