A Run For the Money

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FLAG OF CONVENIENCE: Stephen Cherono A.K.A. Saif Saaeed Shaheen celebrates his big win for Qatar

Growing up in the cool, thin air of the Kenyan highlands helped turn Stephen Cherono into a world-class runner. He honed his skills jumping over rocks and streams in his native land, following the tracks of his older brother, Abraham, and a phalanx of other Kenyan champions. At last week's World Championships in Athletics in Paris, he not only beat his brother in a thrilling 3,000-m steeplechase; he also scored a gold medal for his home country: Qatar.

Qatar? That's right. Last month the lithe 20-year-old middle-distance man swapped his Kenyan passport for a Qatari one...

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