• Geoffrey Kipkorir Kirui wins the men's marathon athletics event at the 2017 IAAF World Championships London 2017

SALUTING OUR MASHUJAA

October 19, 2016

Each year, Kenyans commemorates the contributions of great men and women in shaping the destiny of the country on the 20th day of October.

 

On Thursday this week, Kenyans across the country and from all walks of life will unite as the President lead the nation in marking this very significant national holiday branded Mashujaa Day as enshrined in
the constitution.

 

In paying tribute to the gallant sons and daughters of the nation, the input of our sportsmen and women cannot be gainsaid.


Since independent, Kenya has been relishing momentous occasions when her athletes, out on a mission to represent the country, have gone on to wrestle medals from great nations during global and continental championships.

 

The foundation laid by sports legends Wilson Kiprugut Chumo, Kipchoge Keino, Nyandika Mayoro, Ben Jipcho, Robert Ouko Amos Biwott, Tecla Sang and others have seen Kenya occupy a significant point in major competitions.

 

The memorable performance of the likes of John Ngugi, Peter Rono, Paul Ereng, Julius Kariuki, Reuben Kosgei, Noah Ng’eny, Mathew Birir, Catherine Ndereba and Joseph Chirchir have inspired generations to  sacrifice for the country.

 

As the country stands united and pays homage to the nation’s heroes and heroines, it is also an occasion to salute our athletes for their immense contribution by running for the country and for winning medals  in every competition.

 

This year, our athletes won the country a total of 13 medals- 6 Gold, 6 Silver and 1 Bronze during the month of August in the Rio Olympics Games, finishing significantly in position 2 in athletics medal chart,  a feat never realized before.

 

David Rudisha, Eliud Kipchoge, Vivian Cheruiyot, Consenslus Kipruto, Jemimah Suugong, Faith Chepg’etich, we salute you.
Paul Tanui, Helen Obiri, Boniface Mucheru, Julius Yego, Hyvin Kiyeng and Margaret Nyairera, you are our Mashujaa.

 

Athletics Kenya

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