ELIUD KIPCHOGE NAMED SPORT’S PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR,SOYA AWARDS 2019!
By: Sharon Gathiru
The world marathon record-breaker Eliud Kipchoge has been named the 2019 Sports Personality of the year at the SOYA Awards held in Mombasa on Friday,24.Victor Ikpeba who is a Nigerian footballer was the guests of honour.The event was also graced by Sports cabinet secretary Amina Mohammed and Sports principal secretary Joe Okudo.
“I’m overwhelmed for this victory. Human beings have two legs but I have another extra leg. Sports is the only way to unite Kenyans,” said Kipchoge.
Kipchoge was up against Harambee Stars stricker Michael Olunga, World half marathon record holder Geoffrey Kamworor, 1500 m World champion Timothy Cheruiyot and 3000m World Steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto.
In October 2019, Kipchoge raised the Kenyan flag after breaking the record by becoming the first person to run a marathon under 2 hours in the INEOS 1:59 challenge with the hashtag ‘No human is limited’.
“I wanted to run under two hours to and show human beings can do and lead a good life.It shows the positivity of sport.I want to make the sport an interesting sport whereby all human beings can run and together we can make this world a beautiful world,” Kipchoge said.
Other winners of the SOYA Awards include:
Sportswoman of the Year
Sportsman living with disability
Sportswoman living with disability
Coach of the year
School coach of the year
Hall of fame
School team of the year (girls)
Kwanthanze High school
School team of the year (boys)
Kakamega High school
Team of the year (men)
KCB Rugby club
Team of the year (women)
Federation of the Year
Kenya Special Olympic
Most promising player (boys)
Most promising player (girls)
Most outstanding player (girls)
Marian Bianchi-Swimming Aga khan Academy
Most outstanding player (boys)
Stephen Ndegwa-Swimming Aga khan Academy
Sportsman of the year