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Six Kenyan Athletes who joined the National Police Service

Kenya with no doubt is home to the most sensational athletes Africa has today and it’s through their success in the sports that they have secured recruitment into the Kenya National police Service

The following are some of the Kenyan Athletes:

1 Ferdinand Omanyala

Omanyala who recently earned the title of the fastest man in Africa met up with Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai as the National Police Service announced the new development in early December last year

Ferdinand Omanyala during a race at the Kip Keino Classic that was held at the Moi International Stadium Kasarani

The National Police Service announced Omanyala’s entry to the service through their Twitter handle saying he will now take up a new role that will see him represent the National Police Service and the country in future track events

“Voila! Ferdinand Omanyala Omurwa, Africa’s 100m record holder and Kenya’s sensational sprinter has joined the National Police Service. The 25-year-old athlete has taken up a new role that will see him represent the National Police Service and the country in future track events,” a tweet from the National Police Service read.

Omanyala won the national title on 100 m in 2019 and set another national record of 10.01 seconds in the 100 meters in winning a meeting at Yabatech Sports Complex, Lagos (NGR) on 30 March 2021. At the 2020 Summer Games 100 meters semi-final he set a new national record of 10.00 seconds

He served a 14-month suspension in 2017 following a doping offense after he tested positive for the prohibited substance betamethasone for a period he was undergoing treatment for his back injury which he got during training.

2 Julius Yego

Yego who competes in the javelin throw holds the rank of sergeant and works at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations at DCI headquarters

Kenyan Athletes joined National Police Service

Julius Yego during a competition in the men’s javelin throw athletics event at the 2017 IAAF World Championships at the London Stadium in London on August 10, 2017. [AFP PHOTO / Andrej ISAKOVIC]

He was Nicknamed “Mr. YouTube” after he revealed that he learned how to throw by watching YouTube videos of javelin athletes, Yego is the African record and Commonwealth record holder for the event with a personal best of 92.72 m.

3 David Rudisha

Rudisha still remains one of the most prolific athletes on the 800m tracks

He joined Kenya National police Service in 2016

He’s a two-time world champion having won gold in the 2012 and 2016 Olympics and holds the record for the fastest time in 800m (1:41).

He remains the only human to have run 800 meters in less than 1:41

4 Ezekiel Kemboi

Kemboi who is attached to the Presidential Escort Unit is one of the athletes who brought glory to Kenya years back.

The 39-year-old won gold in the 3000 meters steeplechase at the 2004 Olympics and is currently placed as the sixth-fastest of all time in the 3000m with a personal best time of 7:55.76.

5 Timothy Cheruiyot

Cheruiyot who was ranked as Chief Inspector was later promoted to Senior Superintendent after his impressive display at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics where he won a silver in the men’s 1500m.

6 Hellen Obiri

 Obiri was promoted to senior sergeant following her heroics at the summer games. She competed in the 10000m and 5000m finals and managed to impressively clinch silver in the latter, which was won by Dutch international Sifan Hassan

She clocked 1:38.36 to finish behind Netherland’s Hassan who won gold, with Ethiopia’s Gudaf Tsegay settling for bronze to complete the top three podia. In the 10000m, she narrowly missed out on a medal after finishing in fourth place in a race that was also won by Sifan Hassan.

 

Elias Makokha is a professional Media Practitioner venturing into Corporate Communications, Radio Broadcast and Digital content creation with a keen interest in videography, photography and online Writing. He works well individually and collaboratively with his juniors, peers and seniors. He adheres to the hallmarks of journalism and accurately reports by conducting fact checks from reputable sources before publishing.

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