Sporting Life

Kenyan running artist redefines speed over 42km

The most hypnotic runner on the planet is as spare as an ascetic, moves like a gale, drinks litres of tea and quotes Paulo Coelho who once said "never lie to yourself". He lives most of the training week in a two-bed room, has won 10 straight major marathons which is borderline insane, yet starts a speech two years ago at the Oxford Union like this:

"I am real nervous."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 30, 2019, with the headline 'Kenyan running artist redefines speed over 42km'. Print Edition | Subscribe