Cheprot the hero for his unselfish act in Okpekpe race


Cheprot the hero for his unselfish act in Okpekpe race
Cheprot - the 2016 champion - abandoned his race to help his compatriot Kiprono Kipkemoi who had fallen on the ground a few metres to the finish line and delivered him to the medics to end up finishing the race in position 15./photo/courtesy

In Summary

  • The seventh edition of the Okpepe Road Race held Saturday in Nigeria will go down in history not for the records, not for the winners but for only one man, Simon Cheprot who surprised the many athletics faithful by doing the unthinkable.
  • Cheprot - the 2016 champion - abandoned his race to help his compatriot Kiprono Kipkemoi who had fallen on the ground a few metres to the finish line and delivered him to the medics to end up finishing the race in position 15.

The seventh edition of the Okpekpe Road Race held Saturday in Nigeria will go down in history not for the records, not for the winners but for only one man, Simon Cheprot who surprised the many athletics faithful by doing the unthinkable.

Cheprot – the 2016 champion – abandoned his race to help his compatriot Kiprono Kipkemoi who had fallen on the ground a few metres to the finish line and delivered him to the medics to end up finishing the race in position 15.

Although, he may have missed out on the awards bracket, Cheprot action earned him plaudits and rewards aplenty form the organisers as well as the other individuals touched with the actions of the athlete.

The athlete who was placed second in last year’s race was rewarded for his unselfish act with a total $10,000 (about Sh1m), the organizers rewarding him with $2,000, $5,000 from Edo State Deputy Governor Philip Shaibu while the national chairman of the All Peoples Congress (APC) Adams Oshiomhole awarded the athlete with $3000.

“This is the major highlight of road race,” said Shaibu.

Kipkemoi was also awarded $1,000 by the organizers of the race.

“Thanks, Lord, for giving me energy to help my friend cross the finish line in Okpepe. God says do not leave behind your people either black or white, Christians or Muslims all of us are brothers. Do not leave your leave your brother, sister or friend because of money. When you die on this heart you will not go with your money or your properties, only your heart,” Cheprot posted on his Facebook page.

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