Kipchoge, Kipyegon bag top SOYA honours

Kipchoge, Kipyegon bag top SOYA honours

By Peter Ochieng

The 2022 Sports Personality of the Year Awards (SOYA) gala went down at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC), Nairobi on Friday night, with the field of athletics producing some of the biggest winners.

World Marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge scooped the Sportsman of the year award, beating the likes of Commonwealth 100m champion Ferdinand Omanyala, Olympic and World 800m champion Emmanuel Korir and boxer Nick ‘Commander’ Okoth.

Olympic 1500m champion Faith Chepng’etich Kipyegon retained the Sportswoman of the year award, defeating fellow athletes Mary Moraa and Beatrice Chebet, golfer Naomi Wafula and table tennis star Angela Okutoyi.

The most promising boy award went to golfer Andrew Wahome, who beat Reynold Kipkorir, Karamveer Singh, Joshua Amunga and David Katana, while the girls’ version of the award was scooped by basketball sensation Medina Okot, after shrugging off stiff competition from Betty Chelangat, Faith Cherotich, Rachel Achieng and Jackline Chepkoech.

Simon Cherono Kibai, the double Deaflympics champion retained the Sportsman living with disability award, against Wesley Sang, Isaac Makokha, Lucas Wandia and Ian Wambui.

Powerlifter Hellen Wawira walked home with the women’s version of the award, beating Paralympics star Nancy Chelagat, Beryl Atieno, Linet Fwamba and Sarah Wangari.

Here is the full list of winners:

Sportsman of the Year – Eliud Kipchoge

Sportswoman of the Year – Faith Kipyegon

Sportsman Living with Disability – Simon Cherono Kibai

Sportswoman Living with Disability – Helen Wawira

Team of the Year men – Kabras Sugar Rugby team

Team of the Year women – Kenya

Commercial Bank (KCB) volleyball team

Coach of the Year – Japheth Munala (KCB volleyball team)

Most promising boy – Andrew Wahome

Most Promising girl – Medina Okot

Kipchoge, arguably the greatest marathoner to have lived was not in Nairobi to receive his gong.

However, Kipyegon did not hide her joy. “I am elated to win this award for the second year running.”

She said SOYA challenges sportsmen and women to work hard, knowing very well that in the end, the best efforts will be rewarded.

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