NAIROBI – President Uhuru Kenyatta has congratulated Eliud Kipchoge and Gladys Cherono for smashing the #WorldMarathon records at the Berlin Marathon men and women races respectively.
The legendary Kipchoge smashed the world marathon record by winning the #BerlinMarathon in a record time of 2:01:39 while Cherono came first in the women race after running 2:18:10, setting a new course record and world-leading time.
President Kenyatta also applauded Amos Kipruto and Wilson Kipsang for valiantly going out with their compatriot Kipchoge to bring a 1-2-3 victory for Kenya at the Berlin Marathon. The Kenyan team made the clean sweep with Kipruto coming second in 2:06:23 and Kipsang third in 2:06:48.
“On behalf of an adoring nation and my Government, I congratulate you all for going out valiantly to bring a sterling victory for Kenya in the Marathon. You are our heroes. You have once again done our nation proud. Hongera,” President Kenyatta told the Kenyan team.
The President said the Kenyan team has once again proved to the world that Kenya is a powerhouse in athletics, especially long distance races.
He pledged his Government’s continued support to Kenyan sports men and women.
“Am thrilled by what Kipchoge and his colleagues have done to showcase our country’s ability in sports. My Government will do everything within its powers to support all those talented in sports to achieve their dream,” said President Kenyatta.
President Kenyatta added: “I join all Kenyans of goodwill to congratulate you for the job well done, kudos team Kenya.”
Acclaimed as the greatest marathon runner of the modern era, Kipchoge has dominated marathon racing since making his debut in Hamburg in 2013 after a successful track career that saw him win world gold and silver (2003, 2007) in the 5000m and Olympic silver and bronze (2008, 2004) over the same distance.
He has notched up 10 wins from the 11 marathons he has raced, winning three times not only in Berlin but also London, with victories in Rio for Olympic gold as well as in Hamburg, Rotterdam and Chicago.