Former Olympic champion David Rudisha who has been cleared to run for MP seat

Former double-Olympic champion and world record holder in the 800 m, David Lekuta Rudisha has been cleared by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to run as an independent candidate for the Kiligoris MP seat.

Rudisha who won his first Olympic gold medal in London in 2012 in world record time before adding another one four years later in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is one of the many young Kenyans who have decided to give politics a try come the August 9 general election.

In the battle for the Kiligoris MP seat, Rudisha will face-off with the incumbent Gideon Konchellah, who will be defending his seat on a Jubilee Party ticket.

Rudisha is not the first athlete in the country to try his hand in politics. In 2013, former Boston Marathon champion Wesley Korir contested the Cherangany MP seat as an independent candidate and won by defeating the incumbent Joshua Kutuny.

Similarly, in 2017, former 800m Olympic gold medalist Wilfred Bungei contested the MP but lost.

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