Berlin marathon champions Eliud Kipchoge, Gladys Cherorno and Amos Kipruto were honuored today in a breakfast meeting with Nandi County governor Stephen Sang.
World record holder Kipchoge, who the four marathon record held by Dennis Kimetto from 2:02.57 to 2:01.40 led the athletes together with two time world marathon champion Abel Kirui and former athlete Patrick Sang.
Sang said Nandi County is committed in ensuring that the county has quality training grounds ahead of international events.
Sand said the county has proved to be the Source of champions and the fight between Nandi and Elgeyo Marakwet is now over in a race ran far away from home.
“We have to appreciate our athletes for their brilliant performance in Berlin. The fight of who owns top athletes were dealt out squarely and we have no dispute over that now. The County Government will continue supporting the athletes in terms of better facilities,” said Sang.
With his vision on the Big Four agenda, Sang said that they are building 200 bed Sports complex to be named Eliud Kipchoge while other facilities will be built and named after Gladys Cherono and Amos Kipruto.
“We are building a new sports complex to be named Eliud Kipchoge Sports Complex which will accommodate the athletes as they train. Kipchoge Keino stadium will not be renamed,” confirmed Sang.
The three athletes were later rewarded with heifers by the County Government.
Kipchoge on his part said that he was grateful for the support he received from the local media on highlighting his preparations before and after the race.
“I really want to thank the County Government for recognizing our good performance in sports. The local media has also done a good job highlighting our stories before and after the race,” said Kipchoge.
The reigning Olympic Marathon champion said that building training facilities will aid their training ahead of major races.
Keino, who has two stadiums named after him in both Eldoret and Nandi counties, was categorical that the county missed an opportunity to develop the facility.
“After consultations with the International Olympics Committee (Ioc), they offered Sh150 million but then some officers from the County didn’t want to provide necessary documentation and the funds were channelled to Uganda,” said the former National Olympic Committee-Kenya (Nock) president.