High-end properties owned by Kenyan athletes

By on January 12, 2022 0

It’s no secret that athletes pocket millions of shillings after winning medals at famous world events. The athletes are congratulated for putting Kenya on the map of the sports industry.

However, in some cases a number of athletes have been profiled for wasting their income and later living a life of destitution. Nonetheless, in other cases, some athletes put their money to good use and invest in high-rise buildings and posh estates. Kenyans.co.ke take a look at seven athletes who have benefited from their art.

Lornah kiplagat

Veteran athlete Lorna Kiplagat is a renowned long distance runner having won gold in various events such as Tilburg in 2005, Debrecen in 2006, Udine in 2007 and Rio de Janeiro in 2008.

An image of the High Altitude Training Center (HATC), located in the town of Eldoret, owned by Lornah Kiplagat.

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She is also known for winning races such as the Amsterdam Marathon, Osaka Women’s Marathon, Rotterdam Marathon, and Los Angeles Marathon.

The athlete owns the High Altitude Training Center (HATC), back in his hometown of Iten. The camp, a premier facility for athletes, hosts stars such as 800m world record holder David Rudisha, 2014 London Marathon winner Wilson Kipsang, Mo Farah and Paula Radcliffe.

In addition, the British Athletics organize winter training camps at the center.

Laban Rotich

The acclaimed athlete won the IAAF World Cup 1,500-meter final in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1998. His personal best was 3:29:91.

He has competed in various races such as the Commonwealth Games, African Championships and World Indoor Championships where he won gold and silver medals.

Paying homage to his biggest win of his athletic career, the World Cup final in South Africa, Rotich established an upscale building in Eldoret dubbed Johannesburg Plaza.

Fred kiprop

Former Amsterdam Marathon winner Fred Kiprop is a renowned long-distance runner who was active in the 1990s. The races he competed in and won include the Gold Coast Marathons in 1997 and 1999.

The athlete owns Kirem Arcade, which is home to a number of local banks in Eldoret.

Moses Kiptanui

Three-time world champion in the 3000m steeplechase and former world record holder, Kiptanui made history by becoming the first man to run the steeplechase in less than eight minutes, setting a new world record.

After retiring from athletics, Kiptanui established Maison Utamaduni in Eldoret. In addition, he created the Komora Center in Eldoret and the Komora Estate in Nairobi.

Moses Tanui

Tanui is a two-time winner of the Boston Marathon and is hailed for his worldwide achievement: he became the first man in the world to run the half marathon in less than an hour.

Tanui also won various IAAF Grand Prix races which later inspired him to establish the Grandpri Hotel in Eldoret.

Daniel Komen

Daniel Kipng’etich Komen holds the 3000 meter indoor record. He currently owns a private school, Potters House Academy, in the town of Eldoret, among other investments.

Kipchoge Keino

Arguably one of the best Kenyan athletes to lace up a pair of boots, Kipchoge Keino needs no introduction. The athlete has competed in local and international events, placing himself among Mount Rushmore of elite athletes.

After retiring from athletics, the two-time Olympic gold medalist served as president of the Kenya Olympic Committee (KOC) and an honorary member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

In addition, he established the Kip Keino Sports House in Eldoretto with the aim of developing and inspiring other athletes to come into their profession.

Kipchoge Keino at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City.

Kipchoge Keino at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City.

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