Bungei, another jewel from the Kabirirsang factory

Wilfred Bungei, the 2008 Olympic 800m champion, waters some of his calves at his home in Kabirirsang Village, Nandi Central District of Nandi County, last Wednesday. Photos/JARED NYATAYA

What you need to know:

  • Kabirirsang village in Nandi County where he was born has the world’s biggest collection of athletics medals
  • From the tiny hilltop hamlet that has produced probably the world’s largest concentration of top global runners is Wilfred Bungei, the likeable athletics champion with a grudge to return the Africa title home

World’s elite 800m runners come from a village in Nandi Central that has dotted the global charts since the 1968 Olympic Games. Kabirirsang, in the heart of the tea-rich farmlands, has lived up to its billing as a seedbed of elite sprinters, who reside within a three-kilometre radius of the village.

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