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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,16TH SEPT 2018-President Uhuru Kenyatta on Sunday led Kenyans and other political leaders in congratulating Tow kenyan athletes Eliud Kipchoge and Gladys Cherono for successfully retaining their respective Berlin Marathon titles.
Kipchoge broke the previous world record set by compatriot Dennis Kimetto by a massive one minutes and 16 seconds, clocking 2 hours, 01 minute and 39 seconds.
Cherono on her part smashed her personal best and course record. From then on, social media was awash with congratulatory messages for Kipchoge.
For once, the all too familiar challenges that have dogged the country in recent times, including the high cost of fuel and living, controversial demolition of prime properties, corruption, and state of security were cast to one side.
“Congratulations @EliudKipchoge for breaking the world record at the #BerlinMarathon2018. I also congratulate his compatriots Amos Kipruto & Wilson Kipsang’ for going out valiantly to bring a 1-2-3 victory for #TeamKenya. You are our heroes. Kenya is proud of you,” President Uhuru Kenyatta on Twitter.
“You have done us all extremely proud by breaking the Men’s World Record at the Berlin marathon. Hongera Eliud Kipchoge may you continue to be an inspiration to our youth through your heroic exploits in athletics,” added opposition leader Raila Odinga.
“A show of strength, stamina, willpower as Eluid Kipchige produces a masterclass in long-distance running to smash the Berlin marathon record. Powerful, phenomenal display from an impeccable athlete, a legend,” the DP wrote on Twitter.
“Congratulations my friend Eliud Kipchoge for breaking the World Marathon Record. Proud of you brother,” Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama added.
“He’s getting quicker, he’s getting quicker.. He’s so composed, focusing on the road ahead of him.. Three quarters of the job is done.. It looks like the gold is in his bag.. Kimeto was impressive but Kipchoge is superhuman,” remarked the commentator of the 2018 Berlin Marathon as Eliud Kipchoge galloped past the 35km mark in a time of 1: 41: 03.
“At a time like this, we should all be flying the Kenyan flag from every roof top. Congratulations Eliud Kipchoge and Gladys Cherono. I am team Kenya,” said Makueni senator Mutula Kilonzo Junior.
“Congratulations @EliudKipchoge for breaking the World record in 42KM #Marathon. You have made us proud once again, this confirms that #Kenya remains a powerhouse in athletics.
#TheCityofChampions is proud of you,” Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandagor, where Kipchoge hails from, tweeted.
“If you have ever ran a marathon then you know how hard it is to run under 2:02 ! And to be able to run fast marathon back to back. @EliudKipchoge is a monster congrats champ I will live to remember this day it will take a generation to see another run like that,” former Boston Marathon champion Wesley Korir added on Twitter.
Enroute to breaking this record, the thirty-three-year-old clocked two hours, one minute 39 seconds in Berlin, taking off more than a minute off the previous best incidentally set by compatriot Dennis Kimetto on the same course in 2014.