“i had no shoes in my first national race,”nyaga the africas 10,000m champion speaks
Written by munika remjuice on June 20, 2022
Carolyne Nyaga who is a young lady from Kiambu now holds the 10000m championship title after winning in Mauritius’s ongoing athletics. She now explains how she began from the scratch without athletic shoes.
Nyaga, who won bronze on Thursday in 5,000m, clocked 32 minutes and 12.61 minutes to ensure that Kenya retained the women’s title on Saturday in the ongoing worlds race in Mauritius
She was followed closely by Rachel Chebet from Uganda who took 32:17.66 minutes to take silver in his country Ethiopia. The third athlete who took bronze home was Meseret Dekebo who spent 32:25.97 minutes for her to land in the 3rd position.
Kenya’s Caroline Nyaga is the current and fresh Africa Athletics Championships women’s 10,000m champion and she has even promised to clock less time in the forthcoming event on 25th June in Mauritius.
How did Carolyne rise to the top in possession of nothing? It’s the big question we have yet to table the answer to. Speaking to the media in Nairobi, she had this to say, “I have never participated in national athletics before and when I tried I took the lead. In my first race in Nairobi, I ran with priceless, simple shoes and carried the day I had no sprinting shoes. This made me motivated and new that with the athletics shoes, I could be far. After winning the race in Nairobi, I was to represent Kenya in the continental race in Mauritius which scared me a little bit the reason being I had no shoes. my coach encouraged me and organized how I could get shoes.He spoke to one of the record holders from Kenya who stays in Netherlands and she sent me shoes with a note inside that motivated me.The note was”Jikaze, ukuje na medal”.This note made me win the gold medal and am still promising to bring more and encourage the ladies from Embu”
Nyaga will be participating in the continental race and representing the Kenyan ladies in the 5,000m race and 10,000m race. To date, she got no sponsor and she is in search of one by being resilient in her race challenges. She encourages young people to work hard for nothing comes out freely “Don’t just sit, use whatever small you have to build on it and you will succeed.”