President Uhuru Kenyatta led Kenyan leaders and fans to congratulate Kenyan top runners who won Berlin marathon titles today.
Eliud Kipchoge, who won with a world and Gladys Cherono were the winners of the race as Uhuru took to the social media to congratulate the two after defending their titles.
Kipchoge smashed the previous world record by compatriot Dennis Kimetto by a massive in 2:01.39.
Cherono on the other hand, smashed her personal best and course record. From then on, social media was awash with congratulatory messages for Kipchoge.
For once, the all too familiar challenges that have dogged the country in recent times, including the high cost of fuel and living, controversial demolition of prime properties, corruption, and state of security were cast to one side.
“Congratulations @EliudKipchoge for breaking the world record at the #BerlinMarathon2018. I also congratulate his compatriots Amos Kipruto and Wilson Kipsang’ for going out valiantly to bring a 1-2-3 victory for #TeamKenya. You are our heroes. Kenya is proud of you,” President Uhuru Kenyatta on Twitter.
“You have done us all extremely proud by breaking the Men’s World Record at the Berlin marathon. Hongera Eliud Kipchoge may you continue to be an inspiration to our youth through your heroic exploits in athletics,” added opposition leader Raila Odinga.
“A show of strength, stamina, willpower as Eliud Kipchoge produces a masterclass in long-distance running to smash the Berlin marathon record. Powerful, phenomenal display from an impeccable athlete, a legend,” the DP wrote on Twitter.
“Congratulations my friend Eliud Kipchoge for breaking the World Marathon Record. Proud of you brother,” Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama added.
Jon Mulkeen, a senior editor of the IAAF website, threw in his prediction of the new world record on Twitter as Kipchoge went past the 40km mark in a time of 1:55:32.
#TheCityofChampions is proud of you,” Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandagor, where Kipchoge hails from, tweeted.
“If you have ever ran a marathon then you know how hard it is to run under 2:02 ! And to be able to run fast marathon back to back. @EliudKipchoge is a monster congrats champ I will live to remember this day it will take a generation to see another run like that,” former Boston Marathon champion Wesley Korir added on Twitter.
This latest triumph is certain to earn Kipchoge – considered one of the greatest marathon runners of all time – atleast Sh100 million in prize money and bonuses.
The reigning London marathon champ also has a Sh20 million worth Isuzu Dmax double-cab pick-up gift worth awaiting him when he gets back home.
This follows a partnership between the Olympic champion and truck and bus manufacturer Isuzu East Africa, which entails the athlete working as a brand ambassador of the firm.