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World record holder Kipchoge named September’s best sportsman

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Eliud Kipchoge with William Kimore, the Content manager LG East Africa and SJAK's Wanjiku Mwenwa
  • Eliud Kipchoge has been named the sports personality for the month of September
  • He was awarded after breaking the World Record
  • Others nominated included malkia Strikers’ Sharon Chepchumba

Marathon World Record holder Eliud Kipchoge has been named the Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) Sports Personality of the month for September.

Kipchoge was awarded for his imperious run at the Berlin Marathon which saw him lower his own World Record by 30 seconds, when he ran 2:01:09 to clinch his fourth crown in the German Capital.

Kipchoge was awarded an LG refrigerator which doubles up as a top mount freezer and water dispenser worth Sh150, 000 and a personalized trophy.

“I am happy and honored to receive this special recognition from SJAK and LG. Winning this award once again is also a testament that we should always strive for more, there are no limits but rather everything is achieved through belief and determination. Breaking the world record in Berlin was crucial for me as I wanted to inspire the human race,” Kipchoge said as he received the award in Eldoret.

He added. “I would also like to thank my family, my training mates and also my coach who have supported me and whom without them I would not have achieved all these in my career.”

Beat stiff competition to win the award

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Eliud Kipchoge receives his award from William Kimore, the Content manager LG East Africa

To win the award, Kipchoge beat off competition from Beatrice Chebet (5000m) and Emmanuel Korir (800m) both of whom claimed Diamond League trophies in the 2022 season finale held in Zurich, Switzerland and Hellen Obiri who successfully defended her Great North Run title in the same month.

Others nominees included; Malkia Strikers opposite attacker Sharon Chepchumba who emerged top scorer for Kenya at the World Championships in the Netherlands, Karan Patel who won the ARC Rwanda Mountain Gorilla Rally in Kigali and former Hit Squad captain Nick Okoth who bagged silver at the African Championships in Maputo, Mozambique.

William Kimore, the Content manager LG East Africa, said Kipchoge was a living legend whose achievements over the years have inspired not only athletes but also the entire human race as well.

“We at LG are very proud to associate with the accomplishments of Eliud who has demonstrated that hard work and persistence pays with his record-breaking heroics,” said Kimore.

No Human is limited

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Eliud Kipchoge receives his award from William Kimore, the Content manager LG East Africa

He added; “His mantra ‘No Human is Limited’ is a further inspiration to all of us that if we just push ourselves, we can achieve more than we have previously. We are thus happy today to award him this product as a token of appreciation and encourage him to continue pursuing his goals.”

Kipchoge joins a growing list of sportsmen and women who have won the award this year including junior WRC3 contender McRae Kimathi (February), Japan’s Nagoya Marathon winner Ruth Chepng’etich (March), Boston Marathon men’s winner Evans Chebet (April), national women’s volleyball team star Sharon Chepchumba (May), WRC3 Safari Rally winner Maxine Wahome (June), Wimbledon Open Doubles Junior Champion Angela Okutoyi (July) and Commonwealth Games 100m champion Ferdinand Omanyala (August).

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