Obiri, Manangoi crowned athletes of the year


Obiri, Manangoi crowned athletes of the year
Manangoi and Obiri on the podium to pick their awards on Thursday night.PHOTO/Charity Mapenzi/Citizen

World 1,500m champion Elijah Manangoi and World champion Hellen Obiri got befitting rewards after they were on Thursday evening crowned AK Athletes of the Year at a glamorous gala night at a city hotel.

Manangoi was picked as the Male Athlete of the Year, while Obiri toasted to the Female  Athlete of the Year award.

The duo stood head and shoulders above their peers to bag the individual gongs –  crowning what has been an impressive year.

Their victories is  perhaps an icing on the cake on their  burgeoning careers.

“I’m happy for this award even though Monaco was a disappointment, I feel appreciated and motivated to pursue better and bigger goals in next year’s Commonwealth Games…,”Mangangoi said after picking his award.

List of winners

-Male athlete of the year-Elijah Manangoi

-Female athlete of the year-Hellen Obiri

-Middle distance male athlete of the year-Elijah Manangoi

-Middle distance female athlete of the year- Faith Chepngetich

-Male long distance athlete of the year- Conseslus Kipruto

-Female long distance athlete of the year-Hellen Obiri

-Male road running athlete of the year-Geoffrey Kirui

-Female road running athlete of the year- Edna Kiplagat

-Male cross country athlete of the year-Geoffrey Kamworor

-Female cross country athlete of the year-Irene Chetai

-Young athlete of the year-Leonard Kipkemoi

-Young female athlete of the year-Emmaculate Chepkirui

-Coach of the year-Japhet Kemei

AK Golden award- Kemutai Ngetich(the late)

AK president award- Mary Moraa.

 

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