World marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge is the Sports Personality of the Month for September 2018.
Kipchoge becomes the 15th recipient of the award sponsored by Pay TV provider, StarTimes. Kipchoge got the accolade after setting a new marathon world record of 2 hours 01 minute 39 seconds on September 16 in the Berlin Marathon.
Kipchoge sliced one minute 18 seconds from the previous record of 2 hours 02 minutes 57 seconds set by Dennis Kimetto in 2014.
In that breath taking feat, Kipchoge also bettered the world’s best marks for 35km and 40km previously held by Kimetto.
The 33-year-old blipped one hour 41 minutes, one second at 35km and one hour 55 minutes 32 seconds at 40km. In an interview, Kipchoge said the award came as a surprise to him though it will act a morale booster as he focuses on future assignments.
"It is exactly one month since I broke the record on September 16 and this being October 16, I think it is a good timing on your part," Kip told the journalists. Kipchoge was awarded a 43 inch StarTimes Digital TV Set, Sh100,000 shillings and the winner’s trophy.
The Olympic Marathon champion edged Gladys Cherono who won the women’s race in Berlin in a course record of 2 hours 18 minutes 11 seconds to the September prize. Other nominees were 14-year-old Angela Okutoyi, boxer Fatuma Zarika and rugby player Leonard Mugaisi of Homeboyz.
Meanwhile, 3000m steeplechase world record holder Beatrice Chepkoech won the award for August. Chepkoech won the 3000m SC crown at the African Senior Athletics Championships in Asaba, Nigeria in a championship record of 8 minutes 59.88 seconds.
She also ran a convincing 8 minutes 55.10 in the Diamond League final in Brussels, Belgium. She had earlier in July a new record of 8:44:32 in Monaco, erasing the previous mark of 8:52.78 held by Ruth Chebet of Bahrain.
The 27-year-old girl fellow African champions steeplechaser Conseslus Kipruto, high jumper Mathew Sawe and Samuel Gathimba to the title. For her exploits, Chepkoech was awarded with a 43 inch StarTimes Digital TV Set, Sh100,000 and a trophy.
StarTimes Kenya marketing director, Japheth Akhulia said: "Eliud and Chepkoech have been such an outstanding athletes who have displayed resilience and grit to shine in their respective events."