Triumphant athletics team jets back home

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Aug 20, 2021
  • Edna Kiplagat with her daughter upon arrival at the JKIA monday.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

The bulk of the team Kenya returned home late Monday from Moscow led by the wworld marathon champion Edna Kiplagat, the only of the five gold medalists making the trip back home as her compatriots remained in Europe for the last three rounds of the Diamond league series legs.

The runners and one field athlete Julius Yego,fourth in the men's javelin throw were received by tens of family members and Government officials led by the Deputy President at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, with promises of hefty monetary rewards and grand celebration for the medalists.

The five gold medalists with each receive KSh1.5 million while silver medalists will take home Ksh.750,000 and Ksh.500 000 for bronze winners, totalling 12 million.

"We are very proud of your achievement which made us walk tall especially after finishing ahead of countries considered worlds super-powers,"said Ruto.

Kiprotich feated

Across the border it was a Presidential reception for the men's world marathon champion Stephen Kiprotich who landed in the afternoon and was whisked away to the State house for a luncheon hosted by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.

Kiprtotich became only the fourth Ugandan to win a world championships title and the only man to hold both the Olympics and world marathon titles.