World champions up for AK Athlete of the Year awards

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Dec 04, 2015

Athletics Kenya, AK, confirmed that they will fete athletes as scheduled on December 10 in Nairobi, looking to recreate and celebrate Kenya’s historic with the seven world champions nominated for the male and female athlete of the year.

Despite the damning board changes, the disturbing doping claims and a spike in positive cases locally AK have decided to hold the event, keen to avoid failing to award athletes for the second year running.

The awards will be held at the Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi. World champions Asbel Kiprop (1500m), David Rudisha (800m), Ezekiel Kemboi (3000m Steeplechase), Julius Yego (Javelin) and Nicholas Bett (400m hurdles) have been nominated for the male athlete of the year, chosen by AK.

The five face stiff competition as they are up against World Cross champion and Beijing silver medalist, Geoffrey Kamworor (senior 12km), the IAAF Diamond League 3000m steeplechase winner, Jairus Birech, London and Berlin marathon winner Eliud Kipchoge among others shortlisted by the selection panel that had a difficult task sifting through the long list of deserving world, African and local champions.

World champions Vivian Cheruiyot (10000m) and Hyvin Kiyeng (3000m steeplechase) lead an illustrious list for the female athelete of the year that also includes Silver Medalists Faith Chepng’etich (1500m) and Helah Kirop (marathon). New York champion Mary Keitany (marathon), Chicago winner, Florence Kiplagat (marathon), Berlin titleholder Gladys Cherono (marathon), Virginia Nyambura (3000mS) who won the Diamond League race on her debut round are also listed in the nomination list released on Friday by the organizing committee led by the AK acting president Lt. General Jack Tuwei.  

Other categories that will be rewarded on the day include the Young Athlete, Sprint Athlete, Middle Distance Athlete, Long Distance Athlete, Field Athlete and Cross Country Award of the year for men and women.  

Two recipients will be bestowed with the Outstanding Performance of the Year (male and female) with one recognized for the Comeback of the Year.  A dozen legends of the past will be inducted into the Athletics Kenya Hall of Fame.

Nomination list:Male Athletes of the year World champions, past winner David Rudisha (800m), Ezekiel Kemboi (3000mS), Asbel Kiprop (1500m), Julius Yego (Javelin) and Nicholas Bett (400mH); World Cross champion and Beijing silver medallist, Geoffrey Kamworor (senior 12km), and IAAF Diamond League winner, Jairus Birech (3000mS) are in the running for the Male Athlete of the Year Award.  Beijing silver medallist, Caleb Mwangangi (5000m), World Cross silver winner, Bedan Karoki (senior 12km) and London and Berlin titleholder, Eliud Kipchoge (marathon) round the line-up for the top male award.

Female Athletes of the Year: Agnes Jebet (senior 8km), world champions Vivian Cheruiyot (10000m) and Hyvin Kiyeng (3000mS) and Beijing Worlds silver medallists; Faith Chepng’etich (1500m) and Helah Kirop (marathon), New York champion Mary Keitany (marathon), Chicago winner, Florence Kiplagat (marathon), Berlin titleholder Gladys Cherono (marathon), Worlds bronze medallist and IAAF Diamond League winner Eunice Sum (800m) and Virginia Nyambura (3000mS).