Makau and Cheruiyot bag top SOYA titles

Makau and Cheruiyot bag top SOYA titles

Makau and Cheruiyot bag top SOYA titles


Vivian Cheruiyot and Patrick Makau are the newly crowned sports personalities of the year 2011 as announced during the 8th edition of the sports personality of the year awards (SOYA) event that was held on 14th December at the Arboretum grounds in Nairobi. The colorful occasion was graced by Ethiopian track star Meselech Melkamu alongside other dignitaries including Sports minister Dr.Paul Otuoma, his assistant Kabando wa Kabando, Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore amongst others.

Cheruiyot was also awarded the overall sports personality of the year award a title which she deserved after the spectacular performance in 2011.Early in the year, Cheruiyot won her 10,000m debut race in Punta Umbria. She then won double world championship titles (5000m and 10,000) during the 2011 world athletics championships in Daegu before winning the diamond league series title in September where she registered a new course record.

Recently she was awarded the best performance of the year award during the IAAF awards gala as well as the locally based Kenya Athletics Gala.

Patrick Makau overcame tough competition from last year’s winner David Rudisha in the sportsman of the year category. Makau is the reigning marathon world record holder with a time of 2:03:38, slashing 21 seconds off the previous record that was set by Ethiopia’s archrival Haile Gebreselasie in 2008. Makau brought back the record to Kenya after 13 years of its drought since the reign of SOYA founder Paul Tergat.David Rudisha missed out on the podium this season with Geoffrey Mutai and Julius Yego coming in second and third respectively.

In the women’s category, Mary Keitany the World Half marathon record holder and World Champion Edna Kiplagat took the runner-up and first-runner-up position respectively.

Both Cheruiyot and Makau announced shifting their attention to the 2012 London Olympics scheduled to take place in the month of June. “I feel really appreciated by the athletics association and the country at large and I am motivated to stage an even performance in London come June.” uttered Makau.

The winners of the awards were selected by a panel of Kenyan sports writers. Other sports personalities that received awards in the various categories include:

SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR- OVERALL
Vivian Cheruiyot.

SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR

Winner- Patrick Makau
1st runners up –Geoffery Mutai
2nd runners’ up- Julius Yego
 
 
SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR
Winner- Vivian Cheruiyot
Runners up- Edna Kiplagat
2nd runners up- Mary Keitany

SPORTS TEAM OF THE YEAR-MEN
Winner –Tusker FC
1st runner’s up- National volleyball team
2nd runner’s up-Daegu marathon team

SPORTS TEAM OF THE YEAR WOMEN
Winner- Kenya Prisons volleyball team
1st runners up-Daegu world athletics championship marathon team

MOST PROMISING SPORTS MAN

Winner- Shivan Vinayak
1st runner’s up- William Malel
2nd runner’s up- Leonard Kosencha

MOST PROMISING SPORTSWOMAN
Winner-Naomi Wafula
1st runner’s up- Linda Oseso
2nd runner’s up-Faith Chepng’etich

SPECIAL CATEGORY –MEN
Winner- Abraham Tarbei
1st runner’s up- Henry Nzungi Muendo
2nd runners up- Swale Yusuf

SPECIAL CATEGORY –WOMEN

Winner- Jennifer Mutuko
1st runners up- Centrine Namatasi
2nd runners up- Mary Nakhumicha

COACH OF THE YEAR
Sammy Omollo (Tusker FC)
COMMUNITY HERO
Rose Naliaka

HALL OF FAME
Robbie Armstrong

FEDERATION OF THE YEAR
Winner –Athletics Kenya
1st runners up- Kenya volleyball federation
2nd runners up- Kenya secondary school association

SCHOOLS –BOYS
Winners- Laiser hill
1st runners up-Gikomoni
2nd runners up- St Anthony
 
SCHOOLS- GIRLS
Winners- Archbishop Njenga
1st runners up- Tartar
2nd runners up- Malava girls

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR AWARD
Ezekiel Kemboi

FAIR PLAY CATEGORY

Priscah Cheptoo.


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