TRIUMPHANT KENYAN CONTINGENT TO THE 2020 TOKYO OLYMPICS

TRIUMPHANT KENYAN CONTINGENT TO THE 2020 TOKYO OLYMPICS

His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta has today,at State House Mombasa, received representatives of the triumphant Kenyan contingent to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics where he announced cash reward of Sh1 million, 750,000 and 500,000 for Gold, Silver and Bronze medalists respectively.

 

The President expressed his gratitude to the Olympians for their magnificent performances that saw Kenya top the African medal chart, pointing out that the team’s success had once again demonstrated Kenya’s sporting prowess.

The Head of State further announced a uniform token of Sh200,000 for all athletes and officials, including the Paralympics team.

Kenya top-ranked African countries and became position 19 globally in the Tokyo Summer  Olympics after garnering a total of 10 medals (4 Gold, 4 Silver and 2 Bronze).

The 33rd Olympics edition came into conclusion with world champion Eliud Kipchoge bagging Kenya a gold medal clocking 2:08.38 in the men’s marathon and puts him in history books as one of the very few to have defended their Olympic marathon titles back-to-back.

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics Kenyan team was represented by Gold medalists Peris Jepchirchir (marathon) and Emmanuel Korir (800m) as well as Silver medalists Bridget Kosgei (marathon), Hellen Obiri (5000m), Timothy Cheruiyot (1500m) and Ferguson Rotich (800m). Also present at the State House, Mombasa meeting was Bronze winner Benjamin Kigen (3000m steeplechase).