The world 3000m record holder Beatrice Chepkoech beat World and Commonwealth Games champion Conseslus Kipruto to in the StarTimes/Sports Journalists Sports Association of Kenya (SJAK) sports personality of the month of August 2018.
The 27 year old took the award after getting 4 out of 9 votes from the voting panel. Her challengers for the awards were fellow African Champions Steeplechaser Conseslus Kipruto and High jumper Mathew Sawe who got 2 votes each while race walker Samuel Gathimba got 1 vote.
Other nominees included rising middle distance runner, world under 20 and Africa 5000m champion Edward Zakayo and striker Elizabeth Katungwa who led Kwale Girls High School to clinch the national and East Africa football titles.
After depleting the world record, Chepkoech won the 3000 metres Steeplechase crown at the African Senior Athletics Championships in Asaba Nigeria in a championship record of 8 minutes 59.88 She followed this up with a convincing 8 minutes 55.10 run in the Diamond League final in Brussels, Belgium.
For her exploits, Chepkoech was awarded with a 43 inch StarTimes Digital TV Set, 100,000 shillings in prize money, and a customised trophy seconds to become the fourteenth recipient of the award that is sponsored by Pay TV provider StarTimes.
“Many athletes in Asaba delivered good performance. Your performances in Asaba and Brussels stood out and that is why we are here to say congratulations for your performance and award you as the Sports personality of August and 14th winner,” said StarTimes Director of Marketing and Public Relations Japheth Akhulia.
“I am happy, I wasn’t expecting this award, you caught off guard but I am so grateful. The season has favoured me well, last year I was disappointed with performance but encouraged myself,” said Chepkoech.
The sports personality of the month awards is a partnership between pay television Company StarTimes and SJAK to reward all deserving sports personalities on a monthly basis in a bid to bolster the general performance of sport in the country as well as whipping up the enthusiasm of Kenya’s sports men and women in the country.