An­other ath­lete is caught try­ing ‘to win un­der­hand’

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports - BY WIL­LIAM NJU­GUNA/

For the sec­ond year run­ning, a case of cheat­ing sur­faced dur­ing the Stan­dard Char­tered Nairobi In­ter­na­tional marathon. An ath­letes bear­ing the name of John Mwangi Nyarwai was caught ap­par­ently try­ing to find a quicker route to the men’s 21 kilo­me­tre race dur­ing the 14th edi­tion.

Mwangi ap­par­ently cruised past com­peti­tors to the fin­ish line but was dis­cov­ered to have joined the lead­ing pack as they ap­proached the Nyayo Na­tional Sta­dium fin­ish­ing line.

Or­gan­is­ers said they had used ev­i­dence from pho­tog­ra­phers and the race car among oth­ers to ide­tify the ath­letes was not part of the lead­ing group of run­ners who had com­pe­ti­tion in the half marathon.

Nyarwai in­sisted he had run the race from the start.

“I have fol­lowed the mens marathon run­ners and passed ev­ery sta­tion all the way to the sta­dium. I trained hard for this event for the past five months and de­serve to to win I also ran in Ndakaini and I am the win­ner,” de­clar­erd Nyarwai.

How­ever, Reuben Li­maa, de­clared the win­ner, said he did not re­mem­ber see­ing Nyarwai ahead of him or on the 21Km course.

“We were in a pack of 15 run­ners and this guy was never in the group. Nei­ther was he ahead at any point. So I was able to break away from the group to­wards the end and when I en­tered the sta­dium I was alone,“added Li­maa.

Ath­let­ics Kenya Nairobi branch chair­man Barn­abas Korir termed the in­ci­dent un­for­tu­nate and said such cases should be crim­i­nalised.

CEN­TRE PIC-

John Mwangi Nyarwai who was caught cheat­ing in the hotly con­tested men’s 21km race./

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