February StarTimes/SJAK Award Wipes Off Amos Kirui's World Cross Regrets

Apr 09 - by SPN Correspondent for SportPesa News

National champion took home a personalized trophy, 42-Inch StarTimes Digital TV and KSh100,000 in prize money

National cross country champion Amos Kirui savours the moment with his SPOM Trophy for February 2019 at Siwot, Keringet Town,Nakuru County. PHOTO/Courtesy

  • The 2016 IAAF World Under 20 steeplechase champion who went on to finish 38th on his senior 10km debut at the World Cross in Aarhus, Denmark on March 30, floored an imposing field led by Guiyang 2015 and Kampala 2017 gold medallist, Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor
  • The Steeplechase specialist beat Ivory Coast Rally winner Manvir Baryan and Aarhus 2019 senior women 10km gold medallist and past winner, Helen Obiri to the coveted award

KERICHO, Kenya- National Cross Country Champion, Amos Kirui was on Tuesday crowned the StarTimes SJAK Sports Personality of the Month for February following his sensational victory on February 28 in Eldoret.

The 2016 IAAF World Under 20 steeplechase champion who went on to finish 38th on his senior 10km debut at the World Cross in Aarhus, Denmark on March 30, floored an imposing field led by Guiyang 2015 and Kampala 2017 gold medallist, Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor.

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Kirui took home a personalized trophy, 42-Inch StarTimes Digital TV and KSh100,000 in prize money. 

“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," the delighted Kirui told after receiving his prize at his training camp in Kericho.

Outstanding performances

“Kirui becomes the 20th winner of the award since its inception in 2017, we are committed to continue with this journey in recognizing outstanding performances by our sports men and women while challenging others out there to work even harder as we will continue being on the look out of the best performers and awarding the same,” StarTimes Director of Marketing and PR Japheth Akhulia said. 

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At the national cross, Kirui posted 29:51 for victory, edging out out Evans Keitany (29:58) and World Under 20 champion Rodgers Kwemoi (30:00) who finished third.

The Steeplechase specialist beat Ivory Coast Rally winner Manvir Baryan and Aarhus 2019 senior women 10km gold medallist and past winner, Helen Obiri to the coveted award.

Kirui joins the growing list of athletes who have won the Startimes award alongside Fatuma Zarika, Eliud Kipchoge, Mary Keitany, Wycliffe Kinyamal, Chess player Sasha Mongeli, Swimmer Maria Brunhelner, Rally driver Baryan, Beatrice Chepkoech and boxer Judy Waguthi among others.

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