From Grass to Grace ! Meet a former maid representing Team Kenya in Denmark

Lily Murgor with her mentor Florence Kiplagat
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A once very poor house maid is has now become a reason for any Kenya to celebrate.

Coming from theatre as an actress, working as a bar attendant, Lily Murgor has set her focus to represent Kenya at the World Cross Country Championships set for March 30 in Aarhus, Denmark.

She says, she is the little known among the big names in the industry but that will not deter her ambitions when she faces them at the national cross country cum trials on Saturday at Eldoret Sports Club.

She will be appearing at the national championships for the second time after missing a slot in Team Kenya to the Africa Senior Athletics Championships last year in Asaba, Nigeria.

The athlete decided to take up her new career after Kiplagat gave her training kit and started training in Iten in 2014 without a manager or coach. She has since joined Kiplagat at GSC an d her running style has changed and hopes to make Team Kenya to the global show.

She then quit and began working as a bar attendant in Nairobi but her elder sister Beatrice invited her to Iten and was introduced to Kiplagat and immediately started training.

“With all these years of training, I am fit for the great challenge and this is my year of athletics prosperity,” she added. She finished 10th at the 2018 Standard Chattered 10km race before ending the year in 19th position at Kass 10km race. She hopes for better results on Saturday.

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