During the 16th SOYA Awards held in Mombasa Sports Club, the INEOS 159 champion Eliud Kipchoge was awarded the sports personality of the year.The world marathon record-breaker, Eliud Kipchoge is one of the most celebrated atheletes in the world. Kipchoge who was awarded Head of State Commendation by President Uhuru Kenyatta during Mashujaa day is now SOYA sports personality of the year.
Kipchoge is the only man on earth who has completed a marathon race under 2 hours. The Eldoret-based athlete set the record in Vienna Austria INEOS 159 challenge. An event that was witnessed worldwide.
Although Kipchoge seemed to have achieved a lot in his career, the lad believes he still has more to offer in the sports. After running under 2 hours last year, many Kenyans expected him to leave sports at the peak of his career. This is not the case for the INEOS 159 champion.
Leaving a career at its peak is not a new technique to Kenyan athletes. The 2008 800M Olympic world record breaker, Wilfred Bungei retired after winning the gold medal and captaining the Kenya athletic squad during the entire event.
Kipchoge’s Message to Kenyans
During the SOYA awards, the ever-humble celebrity stated, “Am overwhelmed for this victory. Human beings have two legs but I have another extra leg. Sports is the only way to unite Kenyans,”
“If you want to have freedom, get into sports and you will never regret. My legacy is not to build houses but to see sports bring Kenyans together,” he added.