World Marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge has been recognized and awarded with the highest civilian award in Kenya  during the national heroes day held in Mombasa on Sunday.

Kipchoge, who recently made history as the first man to run a marathon under two hours, was feted with the Elder of the Golden Heart recognition  which is normally reserved for Deputy President, The First Lady, The wife of the Deputy President, Cabinet Secretaries, Speakers of national Parliament, Head of Public Service and the Chief of Staff of the Kenya Defense Forces.

The president congratulated Kipchoge for his hard work and determination  terming him as a great hero and role model to  many Kenyans.

Also mentioned during the presidential speech included the women World marathon record holder Bridgit Kosgei and the national athletics team that returned home second after the world Athletics Championships in Doha .

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