Kenyan-American born Bernard Lagat leads a contingent of former Kenyans who changed their nationality to American.
Lagat, who last represented Kenya at the 2000 and 2004 Olympics before switching to the United States for the Games in 2008 and 2012.
He will represent America at the Rio Olympics alongside another Kenyan Born American Paul Chelimo.
Chelimo found his path to citizenship by joining the United States Army in 2014. He represented the United States in the 300m at the 2016 IAAF World Indoors Championships held in Portland, Oregon. He qualified to the World Championships by taking second place at the USA Indoor Track and Field Championships on the same track a week earlier, setting a personal record of 7:39.00.
Both Lagat and Chelimo will compete for glory in 5000m race which will feature and will get the stiff challenge from Kenyans Caleb Mwangangi Ndiku, Isaiah Kiplangat Koech.
Another Kenyan born American citizen to look out for will be the 10,000m Shadrack Kipchirchir who currently runs for the United States Army. He was placed second in the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials, he will run alongside another Kenyan American Leonard Korir.
Kipchirchir and Korir will face off with Cardiff winner and second place Geoffrey Kamworor and Bedan Karoki. when we asked Karoki about this race he said, “Our focus is on Mo Farah thats all i can say at the moment.”
Paul Tanui, the winner of the Rio trials in Eldoret will also be in the line up to the Americans where they belong, the second placed in the same selection, Charles Yosei will also feature for the podium finish.
Hillary Bor another Kenyan American will compete in 3000m steeplechase, he ran a time of 8:30.70 at the April 2016 Stanford Invitational and he set the world leading time at that point of the season. At the Olympic Trials, Bor finished third and he will be among the US team Rio Bound.
Bor will find it tough when he meets the world best steeplechasers of Brimin Kipruto, Conceslus Kipruto and Ezekiel Kemboi.
We hope miracles happens for him to appear in the podium because Kipruto says, “we will take it home because it has never been won by anyone apart from Kenyans, Let him come and face us as we make a statement to the World.” He concluded.