This Kenyan video, shot in Nairobi, shows the wonderful creativity and vibrancy that I associate with Africa. The sentiments expressed ring true to every nation participating in the Olympic Games.
Kenya, along with other African nations, has long had a heritage of doing well at the Olympic games. The dynamic force of the Kenyan, Kip Keino, and the vintage Ethiopian runner Haile Gebre Selassie spring to mind.
Racing for Gold Medals
In events won by African nations in the 2012 Olympic Games, two people in particular stand out.
First up was the South African swimmer, Chad le Clos. His shocked look of incredulity when he beat his hero, Michael Phelps (the most successful Olympian in history with 22 medals), in the 200m butterfly, said it all. We all gain inspiration from heroes, and dreams can come true!
Second, and a highlight of the Athletics events (except perhaps the legendary Lightning Bolt and Magic Mo) was undoubtedly the Kenyan Maasai runner, David Rutisha. Performing an outstanding run, Rutisha powered his way with ease to set a new World Record in the 800m in 1:40.91.
Masai Mara Marathon
It’s not in the same league as the Olympics – but, if you were born to run, entries are now being taken for the Masai Mara Marathon , sponsored by Kenya Airways, which takes place in the Lemek Conservancy adjacent to Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve on 22nd September 2012. The final date for entries is 10 September. The monies raised will go to building schools in the vicinity.
Wildlife Marathon – the annual Wildebeest Migration
A 26 mile run pales into insignificance when compared to the distances travelled by some 1.3 million wildebeest, 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle on their annual migration from the breeding grounds of Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park to the rich grasslands of Kenya’s Masai Mara. The Migration is currently in full swing in Kenya. Now is the best time to see the Mara and Talek river crossings. Wildebeest gather on the banks, milling around and grunting, making a deafening noise. Then, suddenly, one makes a move and the whole herd takes a collective plunge into the river, chancing their luck with the crocodiles lurking in the water. Lions too capitalise on this frenzy, gaining plenty of opportunities for easy kills.