Athletics discipline dominated Award lists with multiple champion Caleb Mwangangi and 800 metres specialist Eunice Sum scoping prestigious trophies during the 2014 Safaricom Sports Personality ofthe Year ceremony over the weekend.
Mwangangi, the reigning 3,000 metres indoor, Commonwealth Games and African 5,000 metres champion, was the toast of the season after being voted the Overall Sportsman and Sportsman of the Year respectively during the awarding feast held at Kenyatta International Conference Centre on Friday night.
Elated by the award, the towering runner, born on 9th November 1992 in Machakos, promised his fans more ice on the cake as the honour will help ignite his desire to move his career to next level during the coming season.
“This award is a motivation to the upcoming athletes. They can now see there is a bright future in sports. I am still full of energy and 2015 is my year. This is the beginning and much more is coming,”beamed the runner who cut into the limelight after winning the World Youth Championship and World junior cross-country title in 2010 in Moncton, Canada and Bydgoszcz, Poland.
It was night favoured athletics runners as Eunice was bestowed with the Sportswoman of the Year while Marathoner Dennis Kimeto, the World record holder and self-motivated Javelin thrower Julius Yego were awarded with the Outstanding Performers trophy.
In addition to Mwangangi and Sum, Commonwealth Games 5,000 and 1,500 metres champions Mercy Cherono and Faith Chepg’etich were ranked second and third behind Sum while Ronald Kwemoi was voted the Most Promising boy, justas Mwangangi was recognized in 2010 during the 8th edition of the annual SOYA ceremony founded by former Marathon World Record holder Paul Tergat.
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