Another athlete is caught trying ‘to win underhand’
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.
John Mwangi Nyarwai who was caught cheating in the hotly contested men’s 21km race./