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Plaudits for record breaking relay teams

27 May 2014, 11:11

Nairobi - Kenyans hailed the men's and women's relay teams for their record-breaking performances at the just-ended International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Championships held in Nassau, Bahamas.

They won double gold medals.

Several Kenyans, who spoke to CAJ News on Monday, said the winning member squads deserved heroes' welcome as well as huge remuneration from both the corporate world and state for lifting the country's flag high.

Already the country's leading mobile network operator, Safaricom pledged a whopping Sh2 million for the winners in a move likely to see more rewards from other local companies.

"If there was ever a time to reward the excellent Kenyans in sport, I believe now is the time to do so," Onias Njoroge, a Nairobi resident said.

Cleopas Kiplagat, said by breaking world records, the athletes deserved more remuneration and rewards from both the government and private sector.

"The winning men and women are no longer the business of Athletics Kenya (AK) alone. They are now national assets deserving honour right from the state, private sector, NGOs and individuals.

"They made Kenya proud!  I strongly insist that the winning guys should be rewarded financially," Kiplagat said.

Several others proposed that the history making athletes should be offered houses each while others called for the state to give them free residential land so that they build their own houses without incurring expenses or costs.

Kwamboka Omondi said this would be lauded.

"Giving them land would inspire more Kenyan athletes to do their best so as to maintain our status as the best long distance running nation in the world.

"We might have close rivals from our Ethiopian brothers and sisters, but the just ended World Relays have proved that Kenya is the best. I therefore call upon the government and local municipalities to donate residential stands for the winning men and women," said Omondi.

Kenya’s women team for  4x1,500m and their male counterparts of 4 x 800 broke international records when they won gold medals ahead of powerhouses such as the United States of America, among others.

The winning women's Relay team in the 4 x 1 500m comprise Irene Jelegat, Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon, Mercy Cherono and Hellen Obiri while the men's  4x800m team included Ferguson Cheruiyot Rotich, Sammy Kibet Kirongo, Job Koech Kinyor and Alfred Kipketer.

 - CAJ News

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