Kenyans react to Kipchoge, Cherono stunning performances at Berlin Marathon


Kenyans react to Kipchoge, Cherono stunning performances at Berlin Marathon
Eliud Kipchoge and Gladys Cherono at the Berlin Marathon. PHOTOS| REUTERS

In Summary

  • 33-year-old Kipchoge ran a time of 2:01:39 to beat Dennis Kimetto’s world best set of 2:02:57 in Berlin back in 2014.
  • Cherono’s winning time of 2:18:10 also set a new women’s record at the German capital.
  • Kenyans - among them politicians Raila Odinga, DP William Ruto, Senator Mutula Kilonzo, Governor Mike Sonko and Wavinya Ndeti - have come out to congratulate the Olympic stars for flying the country's flag high.

Kenyans have taken to social media to express their excitement after Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge set a new world record and Gladys Cherono completed a brilliant Kenyan double at the Berlin Marathon on Sunday.

33-year-old Kipchoge, widely seen as the greatest marathon runner of the modern era, ran a time of 2:01:39 to beat Dennis Kimetto’s world best set of 2:02:57 in Berlin back in 2014. Cherono’s winning time of 2:18:10 also set a new women’s record at the German capital.

Top political leaders including Raila Odinga, DP William Ruto, Senator Mutula Kilonzo, Governor Mike Sonko, Wavinya Ndeti among others have come out to congratulate the Olympic stars for flying the country’s flag high.

Celebratory activities have already been reported at Kipchoge’s home region in the Rift with locals who spoke to Citizen TV saying they intend to engage in songs and dances of victory from the Eldoret town centre all the way to the champion’s compound.

 

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