Two-time Olympic Games 1,500m champion Faith Kipyegon has been named the Devolution Conference ambassador.
The Conference will be staged in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu county where the Council of Governors set to host the 8th edition of Annual Devolution Conference set for August 15th to 19th in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County, Bii said that Kipyegon is a world renowned athlete who can market Eldoret City to the world.
The county boss said that as a County government, they saw the need to reward the champion who has done a lot for the country and proved that all is well in sports.
“Eliud Kipchoge once said that No Human is Limited and within a span of one week, Faith set two world records. She was born in Nakuru, got married in Elgeyo Marakwet but resides in Uasin Gishu. So uasin Gishu hosts the champions of all kinds and us leaders we have trained our minds, and positioned and believed that we are champions,” said Bii.
He said that Kipyegon, being a star, believes that she has made the county proud with her prowess. “She is our very own and going forward she is an inspiration to young people and especially athletes and talented that we can do anything in this world. You are our brand and make sure you run to market our city of Eldoret coming soon,” he said.
“With Devolution Conference Coming in August, we will make you our brand ambassador so that Everywhere you run, run with the name Eldoret so that all people in the world can see what we have. In the world of sports, we depend on you and we want to congratulate your coaches and others,” said the governor.
Sultan Rana, the Chief Executive Officer of Rana Auto Selection, the company that rewarded Kipyegon’s father Samuel Kipyegon with the car said that they have to celebrate an athlete’s achievements who surpassed not one but two world records.
“She has pushed some boundaries of impossibilities to possibilities. Your father’s car is a sign that your running inspires. You have shown us that there are no limits for one to achieve in sports. We stand here with pride because of your remarkable establishment,” said Rana.
“This is not just the car but a package of love not just for us but for the entire nation. We feel that whatever we are today is because of Kenya and Kenyans and it is our responsibility to honour the champions,” he said.
Kipyegon said that it motivated the record and has time to break more records.
“I did not expect to break the 1,500m and 5,000m records but it was possible and I can do well in future to break more records because I believe in myself, coaches and what I do.,” she said.
The double world 1,500m champion set the 1,500m record at the Florence Diamond League of 3:49.11 before setting another world record in the 5,000m at the Paris Diamond League at 14:05.20.