NAIROBI, Kenya, August 22 – Kindness is a language the deaf can hear and the blind can see, according to a famous saying.
Kenyan 800m Olympian and 2017 World Under-18 silver medalist Mary Moraa showed great kindness after donating equipment to Burundian athlete Jeanine Keazimana who competed in shoes in rubber in the 3,000m final at the World Under-20 Athletics Championships on Thursday.
Keazimana finished 10e in the race won by Kenyan Teresia Muthoni, not because she was devoid of talent but because she lacked appropriate clothing.
She ran in rubber shoes, not ideal for a tartan track and didn’t have a proper running kit.
“We were watching the race from the stands and I felt really bad to see her crash almost three times in the race. The shoes she wore were absolutely not ideal for the track. As an athlete I felt really bad because it’s painful, ”explained Moraa.
“I’ve been in such a situation before and I know what it does,” said Moraa.
After the race, Moraa and athletics trainer Isaac Too descended to the finish line to try to catch up with the Burundian in order to organize a meeting.
“It was difficult because she only speaks French but we also had to go through the team delegation and her coach as well. In the end, we sorted it all out and we were able to put things together for her, ”added Moraa.
She donated a complete running kit to the Burundian, a pair of crampons and other additions to the Burundian athlete. His trainer Too donated a full set of Nike clothing including a pair of shoes, t-shirt, jacket, pants and socks.
“I work with Nike so it was easier for me to try to find him stuff. We were very touched and we got together and decided to do something for her. It was really satisfying to see the smile on her face and the pleasure she was having, ”Coach Too told Capital Sport.
He also offered to train him. “I told her coach and the delegation that once she finishes school and wants a place to train, we will open our doors to her. I saw that she is a girl with a lot of raw talent and if she is well polite she can be a world thresher, ”explained coach Too.