Wesley Korir Wins Seat in Kenyan Parliament

2012 Boston Marathon Winner, Wesley Korir, newest member of Kenyan Parliament

-Nairobi, Kenya


 Photo: The film tRANscend

Recently it was announced that Wesley Korir, 2012 John Hancock Boston Marathon winner, has taken the MP-seat for Cherangany-county in Kenya as a member of parliament.  According to Kenyan political source, Sylvia Chelimo, Wesley Korir won an independent seat, as many feel Korir will serve a beneficial role in providing a rebuilding for the country of Kenya.

After listening to Kenyans' reactions on BBC radio, some feel that they need someone who take to action in a timely manner.  Korir is a candidate who will be able to quickly benefit many in the country.  “Despite whoever wins the election, we must remain united as one solid country of Kenya, at the end of the day we need to move forward,” said positive vibes from voters previous to finding out the election results.

Korir will be making his way over to the U.S. soon as he looks to defend his marathon title in Boston.  Wesley stormed his way down the Boston course and overcame the unusually warm New England heat (85F) to win in at time of 2:12:40.  He ran his marathon personal best in Chicago in 2012, where he finished 5th in 2:06:13
.  Look for Wesley Korir in a few weeks where he will toe the line on Marathon Monday against many other great marathoners. 

Wesley will be heavily contested by dozens of others with a field of Olympians, champions of World Marathon Majors, Chicago, NYC, Boston and various global marathon champions from Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brussels, Cologne, Daegu, Dubai, Eindhoven, Frankfurt, Johannesburg, Hamburg, Houston, Istanbul, Krakow, L.A., Milan, Rome, St. Paul, Soweto, Toronto, Turin and past U.S. Olympic Trials/Championships.




 

2013 JOHN HANCOCK ELITE ATHLETE TEAM 

MEN

PERSONAL BEST (LOCATION)

COUNTRY

Moses Mosop

2:03:06 (Boston, 2011)

Kenya

Gebregziabher "Gebre" Gebremariam

2:04:53 (Boston, 2011)

Ethiopia

Markos Geneti

2:04:54 (Dubai, 2012)

Ethiopia

Ryan Hall

2:04:58 (Boston, 2011)

United States

Levy Matebo

2:05:16 (Frankfurt, 2011)

Kenya

Shami Abdullah Dawit

2:05:42 (Dubai, 2012)

Ethiopia

Dickson Chumba

2:05:46 (Eindhoven, 2012) (CR)

Kenya

Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot

2:05:52 (Boston, 2010)

Kenya

Wesley Korir

2:06:13 (Chicago, 2012)

Kenya

Raji Assefa

2:06:24 (Paris, 2012)

Ethiopia

Abdihakem "Abdi" Abdirahman

2:08:56 (Chicago, 2006)

United States

Mebrahtom "Meb" Keflezighi

2:09:08 (Houston, 2012)

United States

Jeffrey Hunt

2:11:00 (Beppu, 2010)

Australia

Jason Hartmann

2:11:06 (Chicago, 2010)

United States

Eric Gillis

2:11:28 (Toronto, 2011)

Canada

Fernando Cabada

2:11:53 (Houston, 2012)

United States

Guor Marial

2:12:55 (San Diego, 2012) (NR)

South Sudan

Robin Watson

2:13:37 (Rotterdam, 2012)

Canada

Micah Kogo

59:07 (HM) (South Shields, 2012)

Kenya

Lucas Rotich

59:44 (HM) (Den Haag, 2011)

Kenya


Wesley Korir is also the star in the newest running related film, tRANscend, set to debut Summer 2013.
 



Photo: Goram Tomasevic

Video of Korir and his speech. 

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