Podcast: Olympic champ Wilfred Bungei on alcoholism & almost losing his life

About this episode

Kenya's Wilfred Bungei seemingly had it all: Money, fame, and an 800m Olympic gold medal. However, after retiring he couldn't fill 'the vacuum' that training and competing once occupied and slipped into deep alcoholism. He almost lost his life several times, missed the birth of his child, and lost friend and fellow gold medallist Samuel Wanjiru. Now, over seven years sober, Bungei is helping other alcoholics and former athletes avoid making the same mistakes he did. Olympic Channel reporter Evelyn Watta travelled to Kenya to hear Bungei's emotional story.

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What is the Olympic Channel Podcast?

A sport podcast, hosted by Ed Knowles, each episode of the Olympic Channel Podcast aims to inspire and motivate you with interviews from the world's best athletes. Discover the workouts and mentality it takes to succeed in one of the planet's toughest tests: the Olympic Games. Whether it's wrestling, swimming, figure skating, weightlifting, or gymnastics - this sports podcast will have you living your best life in no time. Past guests include four-time Olympic gold medallist Simone Biles, Olympic champion wrestler Jordan Burroughs, world champion sprinter Dina Asher-Smith, and double Olympic champion cyclist Kristina Vogel.