World leading athletes in 800m lauded the move made by Wilfred Bungei to capture the Emgwen parliamentary seat as they were the main guests during his presentation to the people in Kabirirsang village, Nandi County.
Bunegi, the 2008 Olympic 800m champion launched his political campaign to capture Emgwen seat in next year’s general election and presented his manifesto to the electorate whom he will be seeking to vote him in parliament.
Being an 800m runner, Bungei was flagged by other 800m champions Alfred Kirwa Yego from Uasin Gishu County and his home county girl Janeth Jepkosgey, making them the centre of attraction for the locals who cheered them as they talked, praising Bunegi of what he had done while still an active athlete.
Yego and Jepkosgey were the winners of 2007 world championships 800m in men and women held Japan’s city Osaka. Then the duos were relegated to silver medal at the Berlin IAAF world championships in Germany two years later. But Jepkosgey was further relegated to bronze in 2011 events held in Daegu while Yego finished 7th overall in the same race.
“When I joined athletics, Bungei was like my father and I did very well due to his guidance. I have hope in hi that when he will be elected the MP of the constituency, he will champion your rights as he has been doing in athletics,” said Yego the 2008 Olympic bronze medalist in a race won by Bungei.
Jepkosgey who is out of competition due to sabbatical leave said once she joined athletics, she was well led by Bungei and it is high time to expand his territory in leading the people of Emgwen.
“As athletes, we felt better when he was our captain in major races and it will also be better for the people of Emgwen to take advantage of such a noble man to lead them,” said the 2002 world junior champion who also captured the 2006 Commonwealth title in the same race held in Melbourne, Australia.