Many remember the face of Kenyan marathon runner Brigid Kosgei as she has repeatedly stolen hearts with her warm smile as she crosses the finish line.
The 27-year old’s latest glimmer on her resume is the 2020 London Marathon Gold medal, retaining the title she won the previous year.
She is currently hard at work preparing for the Tokyo Olympics in August and she took some time from camp to speak to SportPesa’s blog on a few issues.
“It’s not an easy task to prepare and win Gold for your country but how far God has brought me, I will forever be grateful.
“To many it may seem as though it’s easy but there are many challenges that athletes face,” the humble Kosgei began.
Kosgei is training in her home area at the Kapsait Nike Athletics Camp under the watchful eye of her coach, former marathon Olympian Eric Kimaiyo.
In addition to the London Marathon titles she won in 2019 and last year, Kosgei won the Chicago Marathon back to back in 2018 and 2019.
“This training facility has produced so many athletes and if we just had a little more support from the government or well wishers, we would be even better.
“We have not had water for about three months and it is costly to run such a facility without such necessities,” Kosgei stated.
There are currently close to 50 athletes training at the facility and a handful of them competed at the Eldoret Marathon last weekend.
Kosgei really believes that the younger generation are the future of Kenyan athletics and insists that proper structures need to be put in place to nurture their talent.
“We all train together and you can see the hunger and admiration from the younger athletes.
“This helps them with their morale and we are always willing to lend a helping hand. All we need is more support so we can continue flying the Kenyan flag high for years to come,” Kosgei underlined.