Israel ambassador to Kenya Michael Lotem held ‘a secret talk’ with former world 10,000m champion Moses Tanui during his visit to Eldoret, Uasin Gishu county on Tuesday afternoon.
Tanui, the double Boston marathon champion said that their meeting was too short and they had little discussion concerning athletics but revealed that Lotem appreciated Kenya’s prowess in athletics.
“I was called abruptly by the ambassador and we had little time to talk, however he was optimistic with how Kenyans have prowessed in the sport over decades,” said Tanui.
He added that they only met and greeted each other since he also trains and his body physique is that of an athlete.
“He also wanted to know more about athletics, the sport that he loves so much. Remember some Kenyans have switched their allegiance to Israel,” added the Eldoret City marathon director.
In recent days, many Kenyans have switched allegiance to other nations led by Kenyan born turned Israeli Lonah Chemtai Salpeter who finished second at the Sunday’s New York City marathon held in the USA.
Saltpeter, also the Prague marathon champion with a record of 2:19.46, was second in New York behind champion Sharon Lokedi in 2:23.30.
“You know some Kenyans are running for Israel. He was happy that Salpeter was second in the New York City marathon, one of the world marathon majors. Our discussion was short over the advancement of athletics in Kenya and Israel,” he said.
The retired athlete has had a successful career, blossoming since 1991 when he won gold at the World Championships in Tokyo, Japan but failed to defend his title two years later in the 10,000m settling for silver in Stuttgart, Germany.
But he is famous with his double victory at the Boston marathon when he won in 1996 and defended his title in 1997. He also won silver and bronze at the Chicago marathon in 1999 and 2,000.
“I have hope that we shall meet in another meeting where we shall discuss much,” he said
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