Javelin maestro Julius Yego and 10,000 metres queen Vivian Cheruiyot are the Male and Female Athletes of the Year 2015 after the pair were crowned during the 2015 Athletes Gala on Thursday evening.
Yego, aka Mr. You Tube after using the social media technology to advance his throwing skills, emerged the best in a tight macho contest, beating four-times and two-times World and Olympic toughie Ezekiel Kemboi Yano, alias Baba Yao.
The career Police Officer and an Old Boy of the famous Kapsabet Boys High School in Nandi County convinced the panel of adjudicators that he deserved the trophy following his exploits in throwing the object during the 2015 season.
He excelled in the Diamond League where he appeared first in outstanding throws and capped it all during the Beijing World Championships where he registered blistering including setting Diamond and National records, and becoming the first Kenyans and African to win the World title and the third all-time best in the history of the implement.
Kemboi, the pre-Gala guess winner, was voted the second best performer of the season as well as the Male Long Distant Athlete of the Year while New Kid on the block and Kenyan finest hurdler Nicholas Bett was voted the Sprinter of the Year.
On the other hand, former double World Champion and Beijing heroine Vivian Cheruiyot was voted the Female Sports Personality of the Year and also Long Distance Female of the Year while 3,000metres World Champion Hyvin Kiyeng was the runners up.
Cheruiyot, who bounced back to the winning pedals after marital engagement, beamed with pride as she took the crown that goes beyond confirmation that she is the best among her equals since launching her running career in Morocco in 1998 while she was a class six pupil at Chemwabul Primary School in Elgeyo Marakwet County.
During the Athletics Gala with the banner-ON TOP OF THE WORLD UNITING KENYANS, saw Olympic and 800metres World Record holder David Lekuta Rudisha presented with the Come-back Athlete of the Year after he pulled through from a nagging injury to win his specialty during the August IAAF World Championships.
3,000metres sensation Virginia Nyumbura was crowned with the Outstanding Performance of the Year after shinning in the Diamond League series while the cross´-country awards went to World Champion Geoffrey Kamworor.
In the junior class, Kumari Taki and World Youth steeplechase queenCelliphine Chepsol were crowned Young Athlete Male and Female Athletesof the Year.Not forgotten were Marathoners Eliud Kipchoge and Gladys Cherono whowere capped Male and Female best in that category.
The Gala, the 5th to be held, took place at Safari Park Hotel andgraced by dignitaries led by Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario.
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