Nairobi – Marathon world record holder Eliud Kipchoge says his achievements so far have been a product of his self-confidence and determination in everything he sets his mind to.
The two-time Olympic marathon champion was honored Tuesday morning as the LG/SJAK Sports Personality for the month of September during a brief ceremony at the LG Showroom in Eldoret.
Kipchoge described the award as a due reward for all the hard work he has put into his art and craft, noting that the same remains true for everyone else who remains focused on their dreams.
“I am very happy and honored to receive this special recognition from SJAK and LG. Winning this award once again is also proof that we must always strive for more, there are no limits, but everything is conquered with faith and determination. world record in Berlin was very crucial for me as I wanted to inspire the human race,” said Kipchoge.
The great marathoner brought the world to its feet late last month when he set a new world record of 2:01:09 at the Berlin Marathon, breaking his previous record of 2:01:39 that he set in the same city in 2018.
In the process, Kipchoge won his fourth title in Berlin and equaled the record set by Ethiopian Haile Gebreselassie, who holds the same number of marathon victories.
The first man to run a marathon in under two hours – 1:59:40 in 2019 in Austria – has credited a strong support system for bringing him so far in his road racing career.
“I would also like to thank my family, my training partners and also my coach who supported me a lot and without them I would not have achieved all this in my career”, he said.
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Speaking at the same ceremony, LG East Africa content manager William Kimere described Kipchoge as an inspiration to the human race, noting how his slogan “No Human is Limited” reverberated beyond the sports sector.
“We at LG are very proud to join in the achievements of Eliud, who truly demonstrated that hard work and persistence pays off with his record-breaking heroism. His mantra ‘No Human is Limited’ is yet another inspiration to all of us who, if only we strive, we can achieve more than we have previously achieved. We are happy today to award him this product as a token of appreciation and to encourage him to continue pursuing his goals,” Kimere said.
For his efforts on the road, Kipchoge received a custom trophy, as well as an LG fridge that doubles as a water dispenser and freezer mount.
Others in contention for the prize were Malkia Strikers’ Sharon Chepchumba, who starred for the national team in the recent World Volleyball Championship, and top rally driver Karan Patel, who won the African Rally Championship (ARC) Rwanda Mountain Gorilla Rally in Rwanda.
Commonwealth 5000m champion Beatrice Chebet and 800m world champion Emmanuel Korir – both of whom won Diamond League trophies in 2022 – were also in contention, as was 10,000m world silver medalist Helen Obiri, who successfully defended her title. Great North Run in the UK.
Former Hit Squad captain Nick Okoth, who recently retired after winning silver at the African Championship in Mozambique, completed the list of nominees for the award.