Name: Isaac Okelo Olumbe
Age: 21 years
Occupation: I am a second year student at Strathmore University pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce degree.
Favourite Food: Saying I have one favourite type of food just wouldn’t be right. I love food and I don't like to deprive myself of good food, but if I had to choose… I would say anything made with chicken, be it grilled, baked or stewed.
Hobbies: well...running is a hobby of mine but aside from that I like listening to music of all kinds, be it local music, reggae or hip-hop and also playing card games.
When did you realize you were a sprinter? I can’t tell really. But I would have to say when I was a kid I could run and even though I didn’t train as hard I still was fit and could win races, and I liked it the feeling of winning which I have to say is addictive.
Do you have a coach? Yes I do, Coach Esther she normally trains athletes with the Kenya prisons.
How often do you train? I train three times a week, once a day. I normally do field work three times a week and go to the gym three times alternating that is.
Where do you train from? When it comes to field work I normally train at the Strathmore University Grounds, as for the gym I use the school gym or Railways Gym
What races do you prefer? Why? I prefer the 200m because the distance allows me to stretch my legs in terms of stride length.
What is the fastest time you have ever clocked? Do you hope to improve it and by when?
The fastest time I have clocked in the 200metres is 21.92 seconds. Yes, I hope to improve it before the national sprint trials.
What are your achievements thus far in your career?
Winning all sprint events when in the annual university sports day andbeing crowned the fastest athlete in the university.
Do you have any accolades? Yes, first place medals from both events, and counting…
Who is your best Athlete? Why? To me Paul Tergat is the best. His undying spirit to be a champion never dwindled even though he happened to come second, race after race, he never gave up. He worked hard, pushed himself and it eventually worked out for him.
What is your best moment thus far in your career?
The best moment would be in 2012 in the 100metres when I was able to run under 11 seconds and was able to outrun Strathmore’s previous sprints champion,EchaminyaJuniMbarani. But it’s not about being better than someone else; it's about being better than you were the day before.
What Challenges do you face as a sprinter in Kenya?
That would be not having well equipped training facilities as well as not enough support from the athletics association who seem to mostly focus on long distance races.
Do you like watching other sports?
Most definitely…i like football! My love for the game is unrivaled. Locally my favourite team is AFC leopards ‘Ingwe’ (jinakubwahiyo). Internationally, it’s the one and only Manchester United.
What are your ambitions?
It’s to take athletics to another level, set the bar higher.
Who would you like to appreciate in your life?
The list would be endless…but most of all God, because it’s Him who endowed me with this amazing ability that I get to share with the world. I would like to also appreciate my family, relatives and friends.
Parting Shot/ Inspiration to other upcoming athletes?
Training day after day may be hard and exhausting. It even might take its toll on the body and you might be thinking; why am I punishing myself doing this when I could be sitting back relaxing. I am doing this because i want to achieve something, make history even, so for me it gets easier with every passing day because I know what I wanted am determined to achieve it.