World Marathon Champion Ruth Chepngetich has been named the LG/Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) Sports personality for the month of March.
The 27-year-old beat stiff competition from other star nominees who included Olympics silver medalist Brigid Kosgei, Eliud Kipchoge, para-athlete Rodgers Kiprop who won the T11 5000m gold, and Nancy Chelagat who won the T11 1500m gold.
Others were World Under-20 bronze medalist Noah Kibet, who raced to silver in 800m at the World Indoor Championships, Kenya Open amateur winner Njoroge Kibugu, Samuel Gathimba who won a bronze medal at the World Race Walking Team Championships and Kabras Sugar’s Jone Kubu who guided his side to clinching the Kenyan Cup title.
Chepngetich was all smiles as she received her award, “It’s such a great feeling being acknowledged for your performance in a very competitive space. I want to become the first ever personality to win this award for the third time,” said Chepngetich.
For her efforts she was awarded with an LG Solardom Oven and a trophy engraved with her name.
Speaking at the event during the presentation ceremony held at Kenya Prisons Headquarters Nairobi, LG Electronics Corporates Marketing Manager Maureen Kemunto said;
“This award allows us as LG Electronics to strengthen sports cohesion among our sports champions and communities across diverse disciplines. Our commitment is to ensure that the desire the dream and vision of our sports personalities do not wither.”
Commissioner General of Prions, Brigadier (Rtd) John Warioba said awarding Chepngetich for the second time in two seasons is good for the service and works to motivate many other athletes to aim higher.
“I wish to take this opportunity to thank SJAK and sponsors LG for highlighting our athletes’ performances across all sports. I hope more athletes from the prisons service will be inspired by this award to do better for the country,” the Commission General underscored.
Marathon legend Catherine Ndereba also thanked the sponsors LG and SJAK for the noble idea to fete athletes.
“This award will help athletes explore their talents and realise their potential in sports, during our days we did not have such incentives. I am happy to have a junior officer win the award, it brings back the memories of my golden days, I appreciate that one of our own Gathimba was in the nomination list,” Ndereba underscored.
This is her second award, having bagged the April 2021 gong following her exploits at the Istanbul Half Marathon in a new World Record of 1:04:02.