News : Kipruto, the athlete who sells milk in Kenya, wins the Prague Marathon


News : Kipruto, the athlete who sells milk in Kenya, wins the Prague Marathon

Benson Kipruto was victorious in Prague

In one of the last bullets to achieve the minimum for the Olympic marathon, Prague has experienced a new edition of the ‘RunCzech’, this marathon also known as ‘Battle of the Teams’, a team battle in which they have formed four teams of eight athletes each and in which there could only be an individual winner and a team at the top of the male and female podium. The start was made from the mythical Charles Bridge in the Czech capital.

The male test Kenyan Benson Kipruto took it with a time of 2:10:16 after an attack with five kilometers to go. He has taken 10 seconds out of the second, his compatriot Dickson Chumba. In a curious point system, the top six ranked athletes from each team were counted and times were converted into points. The third classified in the men’s event was also Kenyan Norbert Kigen with 2:10:27.

Reinvent yourself to survive

It is the case that Benson Kipruto is one of the many African athletes who, during confinement and the long months without competition, had to make a living to get ahead and he dedicated himself to selling milk from house to house with the four cows that he was able to buy with him. money saved thanks to your running results. Kipruto, who resides in Nandi County, sold a liter of milk for 0.43 euros and took an average of 17 euros a day to be able to pull. He has not been the only athlete who has had to park athletics for a while in African countries.

For example, 3,000-hurdle world record holder Beatrice Chepkoech was working on her parents’ tea plantation helping the family business. On your side, U20 10,000 meter world champion Rodgers Kwemoi worked in corn cultivation from his farm while he waits for everything to return to normal.



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