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Why do Kenyans dominate long distance running?

Why do Kenyans dominate long distance running?

Mary Keitany of Kenya aged 35 won her third London Marathon on Sunday, while fellow Kenyan Daniel Wanjiru, won the men’s race in 2:05:56. It’s no real surprise that the Kenyans once again dominated. For the last 15 years, the male winners have all come from East Africa (12 from Kenya, 3 from Ethiopia). The East African woman have been just as dominant too, in the last 8 years all the winners have been born in Kenya or Ethiopia.

The dominance of African nations, particularly Kenya, in distance-running events is one of the most fascinating topics in exercise performance physiology.