VIDEO: Gold medalist Ruth Jebet: Why I represented Bahrain and not Kenya in Rio

Ruth Jebet photo/ courtesy

Kenyan born athlete Ruth Jebet has finally revealed why she opted to represent Bahrain and not Kenya in the ongoing 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Ms Jebet who brought Eldoret International Airport to a standstill when she landed to give her parents the first opportunity to celebrate her gold medal Friday, August 19, says Bahrain offered to sponsor her education, thus she felt the need to give back to the Asian nation.

“I went to Bahrain to study, and the government granted me a scholarship. My tuition fee was fully paid by the Bahrain administration. I am still pursuing my studies there,” she told eDaily in an interview at her rural home in Kapsabet, Nandi County Friday, August 19.

eDaily has learnt that Jebet is pursuing a course in animal health.

Ruth Jebet had come under fire from Kenyans, especially on social media, for representing a “foreign” nation.

Ms Jebet won gold Monday in 3, 000 meters steeplechase in the ongoing Rio Olympics.

Jebet obliterated the field to win Bahrain its first ever Olympics gold in 9:12:62, beating Kenya’s Kiyeng to silver in the race Monday.

Watch the video below:

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