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NOC-K fete Olympic athletes

National Olympics Committee (NOC-K) in partnership with Tusker feted Tokyo Olympic Games athletes during the gala night held in Eldoret on Wednesday night.

A total  ten athletes were rewarded after winning gold, silver and bronze medalist where the country topped in Africa and 19th in the world with 10 medals – four gold, four silver and two bronze all coming from track and marathon.

The gold medalist were rewarded with Kshs 900,000, silver kshs 650, 000 and bronze 400,000.

They also announced that each athlete who represented the country had his bank account deposited with kshs 20,000

Emmanuel Korir won gold for Kenya in the 800m, retaining the national pride in the two lap race that David Rudisha had won in 2016, Faith Chepng’etich Kipyegon winning 1,500m, retaining her 2016 title, Peres Jepchirchir winning in women’s marathon and Eliud Kipchoge sealing the gold medal haul in men’s marathon.

Silver medalists were won by Hellen Obiri in 5,000m after losing to Sifan Hassan, Ferguson Rotich winning the second silver after losing to Korir in a 1-2 podium finish for Kenya, Timothy Cheruiyot another silver in 1,500m and Brigid Kosgei in marathon behind Jepchirir in a 1-2 podium finish for Kenyan queens.

Two bronze medals were won by Hyvin Kiyeng and Benjamin Kigen in 3,000m steeplechase.

At the games, USA topped the world with 113 medals – 39 gold, 41 silver and 33 bronze.

It was followed by China with 88 medals (38-32-18) and hosts Japan at third place with 58 medals (27-14-17).

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