Kipchoge,Obiri crowned 2019 Kenya Sports Personalities

Kipchoge,Obiri crowned 2019 Kenya Sports Personalities

Volleyball wins big as SOYA awards sports performance in Mombasa

Eliud Kipchoge’s record setting run at the Ineos 1:59 challenge in Vienna last year has continued hoisting him into more accolades after being named the 2019 Sports Personality of the Year for a second time in Mombasa on Friday night.

Kipchoge who was also named male sportsperson of the year became the first man to run a marathon in under two hours, adding that to his earlier conquest at the London Marathon in April.

“Sports is the only way to unite the country and unite the whole world. My goal is to make running a lifestyle event. When you run you become healthy. Sports brings unity and with unity comes peace. Sports is where freedom is,” Kipchoge, in his usual philosophical notes stated as he received the trophy from Sports Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Amina Mohammed.

Meanwhile, Hellen Obiri beat marathon world record holder Brigid Kosgei to win the women’s award.

In the team sports category, Malkia Strikers were named team of the year after retaining the Africa Games and qualifying to the Olympics while head coach Paul Bitok earned coach of the year title over the same achievements.

The Kenya Lionesses who reached the final of the African Cup and earned an Olympics ticket as well were second with Harambee Starlets, CECAFA Women’s Challenge Cup champions coming third.

KCB earned the team of the year accolade for their success in winning the national 15s and 7s titles while the Kenya Morans who reached the final of the FIBA Afrocan last year were second, FKF Shield champions Bandari coming third.

Full list of winners:

Sports Personality of the Year:


Sportsman of the Year;

Winner: Eliud Kipchoge

Timothy Cheruiyot (Athletics)

Geoffrey Kamworor (Athletics)

Sportswoman of the Year;

Winner: Hellen Obiri

Brigid Kosgei (Athletics)

Ruth Chepng’etich (Athletics)

Sportswoman Living with disability (Men);

Winner Samuel Muchai (Athletics)

Onesmus Mutinda (Special Olympics)

Vincent Mutai (Athletics)

Sportsman Living with disability (Women);

Winner: Catherine Nyaga (Athletics)

Ruth Jemurgor (Athletics)

Nancy Chelagat (Athletics)

Coach of the Year;

Paul Bitok (Malkia Strikers)

Sports Team of the Year men;

Winners: KCB Rugby

Kenya Morans

Bandari FC

Sports Team of the Year women;

Winner: Malkia Strikers

Kenya Lionesses

Harambee Starlets

Federation of the Year;

Kenya Special Olympics

Most Promising (Boys);

Winner: Geoffrey Okwach (Rugby)

Dominic Ndigiti (Athletics)

Daniel Sakari (Football)

Most Promising (Girls)

Winner: Jentrix Shikangwa (Football)

Belinda Wanjiru (Golf)

Faith Chepkemoi (Athletics)

School coach of the year:

Justin Kigwari (Kwanthanze Girls’ volleyball)

School team of the year (Boys)

Winner: Kakamega High School (Rugby 15s)

Upper Hill High School (7s rugby)

Friends School Kamusinga (Hockey)

School team of the year (Girls)

Winner: Kwanthanze High School (Volleyball)

Moi Girls Kamusinga (Handball)

St. Cecilia Misikhu (Girls hockey)

Most outstanding player (Girls)

Maria Bianchi (Swimming)

Most outstanding player (Boys)

Stephen Ndegwa (Swimming)

Community Hero;

Johannah Omollo (Football)

Hall OF Fame inductees

Dorcas Ndasaba (Volleyball)

Mahmoud Abbas (Football)

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