This is what Kenyan athletes in crisis do
He was tenth in the past Boston Marathon (2:09:53). He has a better mark of 2:05 and is among the best Kenyan marathoners. He has won the Toronto and Gonju Dong events. The coronavirus crisis has hit him squarely and has had to find life to survive. We are talking about Benson Kipruto, who is selling milk in his native Kenya to be able to make ends meet and support his family. Kipruto sells a liter of milk to markets close to his home for 0.43 euros and takes out around 17 euros a day. It is the living image that only a few in Kenya can bear with their income as professional athletes at a time when uncertainty is gliding across the planet and revenue from races and sponsors is more in the air than ever.
Has invested in cows
Benson has invested in four dairy cows with which he has milk to supply his family and to sell a small amount. "After the cancellation of the races, I decided to dedicate myself to agriculture. It depends a lot on the milk of my two cows. I milk between 20 and 22 liters in the morning, all of which is for sale. At night, I get between 10 and 15 liters and sell some and use the rest here at home, ”the athlete assures the Kenyan portal‘ The Star ’.
He was preparing to run in Boston
The African, bronze medalist at the 2018 Seoul World Cup, won the last Guadalajara Half Marathon with a record of 62:13 as part of his preparation to face the Boston Marathon 2020, which had to be held on March 10 in the North American town. "I really wanted to change my image in Boston this year after making my 'Major' debut, but it couldn't be. The coronavirus crisis is a great blow not only for me but for the rest of athletes around the world, ”he says.
On his state of form, Kipruto assures that "My training has been minimized, but I hope to train vigorously from next week and that the pandemic ends soon enough to allow us to do what we love the most: run. ”
Tea plantations and cornfields
He is not the only elite Kenyan athlete who has had to 'reinvent himself' during these weeks when the crisis has hit hard. For example, 3,000 obstacle world record holder Beatrice Chepkoech is working on her parents' tea plantation helping the family business. "The entire season is going to be wasted and we had to do an easy workout to stay in shape." But as an athlete, I also need to be in good shape in case the virus is contained and the competitions are open, ”he says.
For his part, U2020 10,000-meter world champion Rodgers Kwemoi works in maize cultivation from your farm while you wait for everything to return to normal. “Now I am busy spraying pesticides on the corn on my farm. As athletes, we depend on running and we feel wasted because the whole season has now been wasted. ” A case like that of Commonwealth champion Elijah Manganoi, who works his crops regularly after training alone.
Not long ago, I was talking about what KEN athletes do in times of crisis. Https://t.co/kzd8qoHbna
A new story, Benson Kipruto (2:05 in marathon) sells milk at a rate of € 17 / day. Sell the liter of milk at 0.43 € .https: //t.co/5rV9iR1VkV
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