Kipyegon and Kipchoge the best in 2022 SOYA awards
Olympic champion Faith Kipyegon and world marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge are the best 2022 sports personalities in women and men respectively, during the 19th gala of the sports personality of the year awards gala held on Friday night at KICC.
Kipyegon who retained the trophy she had scooped in 2021 when the gala was held in Kakamega County, saw her efforts in 2022 in the track events she participated, rewarded richly by sweeping aside four other competitors for the gong.
The 29 year old, had a stellar season in 2022 reclaiming a world title in 1500M in Oregon, USA in July after losing it to the Dutch Siffan Hassan in 2019.
She also retained her diamond trophy over the distance besides registering a fastest time at the Monaco Diamond league clocking 3 minutes 50.37 seconds, setting a national record missing the world record by 3/10 of a second.
“Am delighted to have won this award two years in a row ,it gives me a lot of motivation ahead of my new season which am set to kick off in May in Diamond league. My main focus this year is to retain my title in Hungary “asserted Kipyegon
Tennis sensational Angela Okutoyi finished 2nd while 5000M commonwealth champion Beatrice Chebet emerged 3rd.
Kipchoge also registered outstanding performance in 2022, starting off by winning the Tokyo marathon with a course record of 2:2:40,then went on to break is own marathon world record in September ,during Berlin marathon clocking 2:1:09.
Commonwealth 100 meters champion Ferdinand Omanyala finished 2nd while Olympic and World Champion in 800 meters Emmanuel Korir came 3rd .
Simon Kibai of Deaflympics and Para power lifter Hellen Wawira won best male and female athletes of the year in the disability categories respectively.
The colorful event held under the theme my integrity, my sport ,my pride was graced by Kenyan all time top try scorer Collins Injera, chairman of the parliamentary sports committee also represents Webuye West constituency Dan Wanyama among other dignitaries.
ALL 2022 SOYA AWARD WINNERS
SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR
1. Faith Kipyegon Chepngetich (Athletics)
2. Angela Okutoyi (Tennis)
3. Beatrice Chebet (Athletics)
SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR
1. Eliud Kipchoge
2. Ferdinand Omanyala
3. Emmanuel Korir (Athletics)
SPORTS MAN LIVING WITH DISABILITY
1. Simon Kibai (Athletics- Deaflympics)
2. Isaac Makokha (Golf)
3. Ian Kahiga (Deaflympics- Athletics)
SPORTS WOMAN LIVING WITH DISABILITY
1. Hellen Wawira (Para Powerlifting)
2. Nancy Chelangat (Paralympics athletics)
3. Sarah Kimani (Paralympics Athletics)
SPORTS TEAM OF THE YEAR - MEN
1. Kabras Sugar Rugby Team
2. 4x100m relay team (Athletics)
3. National Cereals and Produce Board handball team
SPORTS TEAM OF THE YEAR - WOMEN
1. Kenya Commercial Bank Volleyball Team
2. Kenya Lionesses (Rugby 15s team)
3. Nairobi Water (Handball)
COACH OF THE YEAR
Japheth Munala (KCB Volleyball team)
MOST PROMISING BOY
1. Andrew Wahome (Golf)
2. Reynold Kipkorir (Athletics)
3. David Katana (Judo)
MOST PROMISING GIRL
1. Medina Okot (Basketball)
2. Faith Cherotich (Athletics)
3. Rachel Achieng (Weightlifting)