Nairobi — World Marathon Champion Ruth Chepngetich has been named the LG/Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) Sports persona for the month of March.
The 27-year-old beat stiff competitors from different star nominees within the eventful month to win the coveted award for the second time following her stellar efficiency in Japan’s Nagoya Marathon.
Chepngetich was all smiles and this is what she needed to say: “It’s such a great feeling being acknowledged for your performance in a very competitive space. I want to become the first ever personality to win this award for the third time,” Chepngetich, who has now received the award twice mentioned.
For her efforts she was awarded with an LG Solardom Oven and a trophy engraved along with her title.
Speaking on the occasion through the presentation ceremony held at Kenya Prisons Headquarters Nairobi, LG Electronics Corporates Marketing Manager Maureen Kemunto mentioned;
“This award allows us as LG Electronics to strengthen sports cohesion among our sports champions and communities across diverse disciplines. Our commitment is to ensure that the desire the dream and vision of our sports personalities do not wither.”
Commissioner General of Prions, Brigadier (Rtd) John Warioba mentioned awarding Chepngetich for the second time in two seasons is nice for the service and works to encourage many different athletes to goal increased.
“I wish to take this opportunity to thank SJAK and sponsors LG for highlighting our athletes performances across all sports. I hope more athletes from the prisons service will be inspired by this award to do better for the country,” the Commission General underscored.
Marathon legend Catherine Ndereba additionally thanked the sponsors LG and SJAK for the noble thought to fete athletes.
“This award will help athletes explore their talents and realise their potential in sports, during our days we did not have such incentives. I am happy to have a junior officer win the award, it brings back the memories of my golden days, I appreciate that one of our own Samuel Gathimba was in the nomination list,” Ndereba underscored.
The soft-spoken Chepngetich bossed the streets of Japan on March 13 to win the Nagoya Women’s Marathon clocking 2:17.18, her time, the second-fastest ever in a ladies’s-only marathon, behind Mary Keitany’s world file of two:17.01.
This is her second award, having bagged the April 2021 gong following her exploits on the Istanbul Half Marathon in a brand new World Record of 1:04:02.
For the March 2022 award, Chepngetich who has since joined Kenya Prisons and is trying to defend her world marathon title later in Oregon pipped amongst others acquainted foe in Olympics silver medalist Brigid Kosgei who received the Tokyo Marathon in 2:16:02, the third quickest ladies’s marathon time.
Eliud Kipchoge, who received the Tokyo Marathon title for the primary time was additionally among the many nominees in addition to para-athlete Rodgers Kiprop who received the T11 5000m gold, Nancy Chelagat who received the T11 1500m gold.
Others have been World Under-20 bronze medalist Noah Kibet, who raced to a silver in 800m on the World Indoor Championships, Kenya Open newbie winner Njoroge Kibugu, Gathimba who received a bronze medal on the World Race Walking Team Championships and Kabras Sugar’s Jone Kubu who guided his aspect to clinching the Kenyan Cup title.