Marathoner Eliud Kipchoge was the centre of attention during the 2019 Mashujaa day celebration that was held in Mombasa at the Mama Ngina Water Front Park on Sunday, October 20.
From the moment he arrived at the venue, It was evident that he was going to steal the show as the crowd cheered upon his arrival.
Kipchoge who arrived at the event aboard a bus waved at the crowds through a window as the screaming fans tried to catch a glimpse of the elite athlete.
In their speeches, politicians gave a nod at the man of the moment over his incredible feat.
Upon the reference to his name, the crowds that had attended the national fete could not hold itself back but cheer loudly.
First in line was Mombasa governor Ali Hassan Joho, who as the host governor acted as the emcee for the event.
He welcomed all the guests that had attended the event starting with governors and other dignitaries.
Joho could not fail to mention the Kipchoge and the masses screamed at the top of their lungs forcing Joho to pause his speech for a few moments.
"The hero of this century in athletics Eliud Kipchoge is also here," Joho stated after introducing all government officials.
Echoing his sentiments, Deputy President William Ruto also celebrated the athlete amidst the loud frenzy from the crowds.
Finally, president Uhuru Kenyatta took over the ceremony and after his long his speech he concluded by awarding the phenomenal athlete the presidential award of The Elder of The Order of the Golden Heart.
Kipchoge was recognised for his superhuman feat of being the first man on earth to run the 42 KM race under 2 hours.
"Eliud Kipchoge remains the greatest of our time. Our duty is to emulate this enviable level of discipline and determination in our pursuit for a better Kenya for all. His latest conquest will be a constant reminder that we can achieve the very best, as individuals, and as a Nation," President Kenyatta stated.
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