Thursday, 08 December 2016 12:30

Distance aces Cheruiyot, Kipchoge scoop Kenyan awards

Olympic champions Vivian Cheruiyot and Eliud Kipchoge were named Kenya's top athletes at an awards ceremony that rounded off a controversial but successful year for sports in the country. Cheruiyot, 33, a former world double 5,000m and 10,000m champion, warded off the challenge of Jemima Sumgong -- who in Brazil became the first Kenyan woman to win the Olympics marathon. "I would like to say a big thank you to all my Kenyan fans who have rallied behind me throughout the years," Cheruiyot, who also won gold in Rio in the 5,000m, said at the ceremony, where she received the female athlete of the year award.

Reuters -- OmRiyadat