Dominic Lokinyomo, a 20 year old refugee athlete under the Tegla Loroupe Peace Foundation refugee supprot program and who performed excellently at the January 2019 Athletics Kenya Cross-Country series in Kisii County, has been featured by one of our partners, the International Association of Athletics Federations, on their website. It is a story of resilience, passion and a belief in himself. Although he’s just a few months into his twenties, Lokinyomo is already a veteran of three international refugee team appearances, part of a fledgling career that seemed beyond any realm of possibility a decade ago.
At the African Championships in Asaba, Nigeria, in 2018, Lokinyomo moved up in distance again, and showed that he could be competitive. Running in hot and difficult conditions in a tactical 5000m final and still a teenager, Lokinyomo finished 11th of the 22 finishers, clocking 14:07.22, another personal best, about 20 seconds behind winner Edward Zakayo.While he’s beginning to show promise at longer distances, he said he’ll stick with the middle distances for now.