The Sunday’s Mainova Frankfurt Marathon victory by Olympic Champion Vivian Cheruiyot provided the much-need reprieve to the country as Kenyans held their breath while awaiting the Presidential repeat election results.
Vivian, who recorded her first Marathon win after debuting in the 42.195Km in April during Virgin London Marathon where she finished third, brought the country together after flying the country’s flag in the Germany City.
Characteristic with such trends, the country celebrated the victory and for a moment political differences were put aside with majority indentifying themselves with the Champion.
The nation, led by President Uhuru Kenyatta, took to the social media to salute the ever-green athlete who has been running for Kenya since 1998 when she represented Kenya as a junior in the IAAF World Cross Country Championship in Marrakech, Morocco.
“You have done us proud Vivian Cheruiyot for winning the Frankfurt Marathon,” read the President’s Twit through his official account as the anxiety kept Kenyans waiting for the announcement of the presidential results by the Independent, Electoral and Boundary Commission.
The win also makes Cheruiyot the first Olympic champion to run in the IAAF Gold Label road after winning the 5,000metres title during last year’s Rio Olympics in Brazil.
She also bettered her Personal Best time on Sunday, chopping off 15 seconds from her previous 2:23.50 to 2:23.35 to elicit excitement across the country.
“I am happy to win the Frankfurt Marathon. The weather conditions were windy and the last 10kilometres were tough. Thank you all for your support,” said the former cross country and track star after the race.
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