Nandi County residents, led by the County officials were a jubilant lot following the colourful performances of Eliud Kipchoge, Gladys Cherono, Amos Kipruto and Wilson Kipsang at the Berlin Marathon on Sunday. Kipchoge broke the Men’s Marathon record after clocking a time of 2:01:39 to win and break Dennis Kimetto’s record by 1 minute and 18 Seconds.
Amos Kipruto emerged second with a time of 2:06:23 and Wilson Kipsang came third clocking 2:06:48.
In the women’s category, Gladys Cherono led the way, clocking 2:18:11, followed by Ethiopians Ruti Aga and Turinesh Dibaba.
Nandi residents led by the County government officials gathered to witness the Marathon set in Berlin, Germany at the sports house grounds in Kapsabet where the event was streamed live.
Those interviewed including former world marathon champion Abel Kirui, and Nandi Sports CEC Elly Kurgat lauded the efforts made by the coaches to train the sterling performers. They urged athletes to emulate Kipchoge and steer clear of performance enhancers which have halted the dreams of many athletes.
Nandi Governor Stephen Sang lauded the medalists and termed Eliud Kipchoge’s performance as “a spectacular run”, “Thumbs up too Amos Kipruto and Wilson Kipsang for a 2nd and 3rd place finish. Kenya is proud! Nandi is proud!” he tweeted.