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Pomp and colour at Soya Awards

Eliud Kipchoge, Hellen Obiri were the stars of the event

In Summary

• Eliud Kipchoge emerged top after his sub-2 hour marathon last year

Soya Awards founder Paul Tergat, Mombasa Deputy Governor William Kingi, Sports CS Amina Mohamed, 2019 sportsman of the year Eliud Kipchoge and Safaricom chief special projects officer Joe Ogutu
Soya Awards founder Paul Tergat, Mombasa Deputy Governor William Kingi, Sports CS Amina Mohamed, 2019 sportsman of the year Eliud Kipchoge and Safaricom chief special projects officer Joe Ogutu
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Marathon World Record holder Eliud Kipchoge was crowned the overall Safaricom Sports Personality of the Year at the 16th edition of the awards held at Mombasa Sports Club on Saturday.

Kipchoge last year became the first person in the world to run 42km in under 2 hours.

In the Sportswoman of the Year category, Hellen Obiri scooped the award. In other categories, the national women’s volleyball team Malkia Strikers scooped the Women Sports Team of the Year Award. In the men's category, KCB RFC trumped Morans (Basketball) and Bandari FC (Football) to win the award.

2019 Coach of the Year Paul Bitok celebrates after receiving his trophy
2019 Coach of the Year Paul Bitok celebrates after receiving his trophy
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Safaricom chief financial services officer Sitoyo Lopokoiyit looks on as 2019 Sportswoman of the Year Hellen Obiri is awarded by Sports CAS Noor Hassan Noor
Safaricom chief financial services officer Sitoyo Lopokoiyit looks on as 2019 Sportswoman of the Year Hellen Obiri is awarded by Sports CAS Noor Hassan Noor
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Obiri holds her trophy
Obiri holds her trophy
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Sports Team of the Year Malkia Strikers (Volleyball)
Sports Team of the Year Malkia Strikers (Volleyball)
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Soya Awards founder Paul Tergat and Safaricom chief financial services officer Sitoyo Lopokoiyit
Soya Awards founder Paul Tergat and Safaricom chief financial services officer Sitoyo Lopokoiyit
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2019 Sportsman of the Year Eliud Kipchoge
2019 Sportsman of the Year Eliud Kipchoge
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