Immigrant turned US Army soldier-runner headed to Tokyo: 'I'll be doing this for the United States'

My goal [at the Olympics] es…don’t let them down,” Keter said of his supporters. “I’ll be doing this for the United States, doing it for the Army, doing it for myself, doing it for my family.

Keter, 29, is from a small village in Kenya, where a Texas Tech coach scouted him out and helped him come to the United States on a track and field scholarship. He initially went to a community college in Kansas before graduating from Texas Tech.

Su hermano, who is also an Olympian for Bahrain, encouraged him to leave Kenya for the U.S.

Everything was different,” Keter said of moving from his village in Kenya to Kansas. “Coming here, you figure out, me gusta, you have your washer and dryer inside the house. You have everything. … I had to learn how to use the shower, I had to learn how to do everything, y sabes, everybody was different.

Spc. Benard Keter trains in Colorado Springs, Colorado, mes de julio 13, 2021. Photo by Brittany Nelson, IM Public Affairs

Spc. Benard Keter trains in Colorado Springs, Colorado, mes de julio 13, 2021. Photo by Brittany Nelson, IM Public Affairs

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