Amos Kirui, one of the country’s emerging athletes has been named the Sports Personality for the month of February.
Kirui picked up the award on Tuesday after winning the senior men’s 10 kilometer race during the national cross country trials at the Eldoret Sports Club, beating the world defending champion Geoffrey Kamworor among others.
Kirui posted 29:51 minutes edging out out Evans Keitany to second place who registered 29:58minutes with Rodgers Kwemoi taking the final podium position in 30:00 minutes.
The Steeplechase specialist beat Ivory Coast rally winner Manvir Baryan and World 5000 metre champion Helen Obiri to the coveted award.
Following his victory, Kirui took home a personalized trophy, a 42-inch StarTimes Digital TV and Ksh. 100,000 prize money.
Kirui joins the growing list of athletes who have won the award alongside Fatuma Zarika, Eliud Kipchoge, Mary Keitany, Wycliffe Kinyamal, Hellen Obiri, chess player Sasha Mongeli, swimmer Maria Brunhelner,Rally driver Manvir Baryan, Beatrice Chepkoech and boxer Judy Waguthi among others.
Kirui was delighted and appreciated the sponsors for the award which he said will go a long way towards his conquest for more honors in the upcoming track season. “I’m happy to be awarded the best sports personality in February, winning the nationals was not easy; beating a very good field that included Kamworor was tough. This is good motivation as I prepare for the track season and World championships later in the year,”he said.