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Olympian Moraa donates to Burundian competing with rubber shoes at World U20 Championships

Kenya’s 800m Olympian Mary Moraa has donated equipment to Burundian athlete Jeanine Keazimana who competed with rubber shoes at the World Athletics U20 Championships in Kenya.

The 2017 World U18 silver medalist who was watching Keazimana compete in the Women’s 3,000m final Thursday from the stands with rubber shoes was touched and showed kindness afterward.

Disadvantaged Keazimana finished 10th in the race won by Kenya’s Teresia Muthoni

She ran in rubber shoes, not ideal for a tartan track, and did not have a proper running kit.

“We were watching the race from the stands and I felt really bad seeing her fall almost three times in the race,” Moraa explained.

“The shoes she was wearing were completely not ideal for the track. As an athlete, I really felt bad because it is painful. I have been in such a situation before and I know how it feels,” she added.

After the race, Moraa and athletics coach Isaac Too went down to the finish line to arrange a meeting with her.

“It was hard because she only speaks French but we also had to go through the team delegation and her coach as well. Eventually, we sorted everything out and we managed to gather stuff for her,” Moraa continued.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics 800m semifinalist donated a full running kit, a pair of spikes, and others to the Burundian athlete.

Her coach Too donated a full set of Nike apparel including a pair of shoes, t-shirt, jacket, trousers, and socks.

“I work with Nike, so it was easier for me to try and get stuff for her. We were very touched and we came together and decided to do something for her,” Too said.

“It was really satisfying seeing the smile on her face and the delight she had.

“I told her coach and the delegation that once she clears school and she wants a place to train, we will open our doors for her. I saw that she is a girl with a lot of raw talent and if she is polished well, she can be a world-beater.”