The Real Kenyan Superstars

Their talent is unmatched

By  | Feb 16, 2022, 05:03 PM

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Kenya is well-known for a variety of reasons. The East African country is well-known for the Big Five, the Great Wildebeest Migration, and its stunning beaches. Year after year, vacationers from all over the world visit the country to see what it has to offer.

Apart from its delectable cuisine, deep heritage, and breathtaking wildlife and scenery, the country is also well-known for its famous faces and world-record-breaking athletes.

This article focuses on a few of Kenya's most talented athletes and their journeys to conquering the world.

David Rudisha

David Lekuta Rudisha was born and bred in Kenya and is a middle-distance runner. David is not your typical middle distance runner; he is the 2012 and 2016 Olympic 800m champion, a two-time World Champion, and a world record holder. He started running at an early age and, at the age of 18, won the 800m junior World Championship. David was birthed into a running household, with his dad winning a silver medal with Kenya's 4 x 400m relay team in the 1968 Olympics and his mom a former 400m hurdler.

Due to injuries that forced him to retire in early 2019, David now devotes his time to coaching, inspiring, and empowering Kenya's next generation of record breakers.

McDonald Mariga

McDonald Mariga, a veteran soccer star, is another one of Kenya's best known athletes. The exceptionally talented footballer excelled at his craft to the point where he began playing for the Kenyan national team while still in high school. In 2005, the midfielder relocated to Europe and spent some years playing for Swedish teams. Mariga made history in 2019 when he signed as a midfielder with the Italian club Inter Milan, becoming the first Kenyan professional football player to play in the UEFA Champions League. Mariga's career soared, but he retired in 2019 and returned to Kenya, where he got into politics.

Victor Wanyama

Victor grew up in a sporting family and was destined for greatness from birth. Wanyama debuted for Kenya's national team at the age of 15 in a friendly against Nigeria's Super Eagles. His hard work paid off from there, as he went on to play in all of Kenya's FIFA World Cup qualifiers in 2010. In 2013, he was made captain of the Harambe Stars national team, and in 2019, he competed in the Africa Cup of Nations. Victor went on to play for international clubs like Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur. It's a fun fact that Victor and McDonald are brothers.