By Daniel Mwambonu – Nairobi, Kenya, Tuesday November 26, 2019.
The African Union High Representative for Infrastructure, who also served as the Prime Minister of Kenya from 2008 to 2013 and leader of the Opposition since 2013 has congratulated Kenyan Marathon Champion, National Telegraph has gathered.
Ambassador Raila Odinga congratulated Eliud Kipchoge after he won the World Male Athlete of the Year 2019 award. The AU High Representative took to his Twitter handle to congratulate the marathon runner for winning the award for the best athlete of the year in 2019.
“You are an inspiration to many and keep flying the Kenyan flag high globally as well as being a great role model for athletes in our nation,” he said.”
Eliud Kipchoge is a Kenyan long-distance runner who competes in marathon and formerly the 5000 metres. He is the world’s marathon record holder with a time of 2:01:39 he set on 16 September 2018, at the 2018 Berlin Marathon.
His run broke the previous world record by 1 minute and 18 seconds. He has been described as the greatest marathoner of all times in the history of athletics.
Kipchoge has won 12 out of the 13 marathons he has entered. Eliud Kipchoge made history last month in Vienna by breaking his own world record at Hauptallee in Vienna by becoming the first man to achieve the barrier-breaking sub-two-hour marathon as part of the INEOS 1:59.
The greatest marathoner of all time Eliud achieved a jaw-dropping time of 1:59:40.2 to secure his moon-landing moment. By going beyond his limits and breaking the barriers Kenya’s long distance runner has continued to inspire the young generation that when we decide to come out of our comfort zones there is no limits to what we can achieve.
It should be noted that shortly after, as many celebrated his feat, this victory was shrouded by controversy with some industry insiders claiming that his victory was made possible by the new generation of Nike shoes he wore for the marathon.
This has however been undermined. Matt Powell, VP and senior industry advisor for NPD, claimed that there was no way of definitively knowing whether the shoes contributed to his speed and he wished to see other runners compete in a marathon wearing the same shoes that Eliud Kipchoge wore and see how they do.