By: Laura Walubengo | Mon 23 May 2016, 15:30
It was a bright Saturday afternoon in Twickenham, England when Collins Injera beat the all-time World Rugby Sevens Series record set by Argentina's Santiago Gomez Cora.
For a moment his mind went blank and all he could do was fall on his knees and say thanks for the great privilege of beating a world record and setting a new one.
“To be honest I was completely blank,” said Injera, when asked what thoughts were running through his mind as he broke the record.
“After scoring, I just wanted to thank God for how far he has brought me,” he told DStv.com.
Also a proud and happy camper, along with the rest of the Kenyan population, was the Kenya 7s coach Benjamin Ayimba.
“Sheer determination…” is how Ayimba describes Injera’s sportsmanship.
“Injera’s record makes me particularly proud, because I am the coach who first gave him a chance to play for Kenya.”
In true style, Injera skitted around France’s players on the World Rugby Sevens Series pitch, sharing the ball before getting a sneaky pass from his brother and teammate Humphrey Khayange, to make it 231 tries.
He took off his shirt and jogged straight to the podium where his parents sat, embracing them and sharing with them the moment that would definitely change his life.
The Shujaas gathered 3 points in London after winning the shield competition. And though it’s a far cry from the joyous Cup win in Singapore, Injera’s new achievement makes it all the more worthwhile.
Kenya hoyee! Until next time, and cheers to more record breaking tries! For now catch the highlights of the Kenya v France match that gave Injera his glory on Catch Up on the DStv Explora.