Eliud Kipchoge Wins Person of the Year Award From United Nations Kenya
The fastest marathoner in history now has another well-deserved award in his trophy cabinet.
Eliud Kipchoge, the Kenyan runner who set a jaw-dropping world record of 2:01:39 at the Berlin Marathon last month, has been named this yearâs Person of the Year by the United Nations in Kenya.
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âIt takes extreme effort and many years to reduce oneâs time, even by five seconds, when running,â Kipchoge said at the award ceremony, according to a U.N. press release. âLasting achievements are based on small increments in doing the right thing.â
Kipchoge received the award at a ceremony on Wednesday at the U.N. headquarters in Kenyaâs capital cit y of Nairobi. The U.N. cited the 33-year-oldâs efforts in spreading awareness about HIV/AIDS, as well as his athletic accomplishments, as reasons for choosing him.
âIt is his perseverance and steadfast resolve to put in the hard work needed that moved the U.N. in Kenya to make him the 16th recipient of the award,â read the press release.
Kipchoge may soon add yet another title. On Tuesday, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) listed him among ten nominees for IAAF Male World Athlete of the Year. In addition to his world record-setting Berlin race, Kipchoge will run the London Marathon this spring.Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
In attendance were several senior U.N. and Kenyan officials, including Kenyan foreign secretary Monica Juma and U.N. Kenya coordinator Siddharth Chatterjee. The award ceremony coincided with United Nations Day, the international holiday that recognizes the U.N.â s founding in 1945.
The U.N. in Kenya has named a Person of the Year since 2002. Past recipients of the award include last yearâs winner, pioneering physician Umra Omar, and current Kenyan first lady Margaret Kenyatta for her Beyond Zero campaign to reduce deaths in childbirth.Source: Google News Kenya | Netizen 24 Kenya