NAIROBI, Kenya- Hellen Obiri’s Annus Mirabillis continued on Thursday morning when she was named the StarTimes Sports Personality of August.
The women 5000m world champion and Olympic silver medallist beat stiff competition from fellow London 2017 gold winners; Faith Chepng’etich Kipyegon (women 1500m) and Conseslus Kipruto (men 3000m steeplechase) as well as Diana Tembesi, the Wiyeta Girls Secondary goalkeeper to the gong.
Obiri received the award as a pleasant surprise at her base in Ngong, on the outskirts of the Kenyan capital Nairobi while on her routine training and received KSh100,000, a trophy and a 40-Inch StarTimes digital television set.
Voted by a panel of local sports journalists, the award is the latest accolade for Obiri who simply has the Midas touch in 2017 since everything she is touching is turning to gold.
Last week, the 2012 World Indoor 3000m champion was announced as one of the 10 nominees for the IAAF World Athlete Award that came hot on the heels of being voted as an Athletes’ Representative at the National Olympics Committee-Kenya elections.
Her landmark moment came at the London Worlds where she scorched titleholder and Ethiopian rival, Almaz Ayana, for the 5000m gold in 14:34.87 as she secured her first global outdoor track title.
“Obiri has been such an outstanding athlete who displayed resilience and grit to achieve during the month of August. She is one such athlete the world has savoured watching and we are all proud of her achievements,” Sports Journalists Association of Kenya chairman, Chris Mbaisi stated.
“Congratulations to Obiri, she made the country proud and it is therefore commendable that the sports journalists have singled her out as the best sports performer in the month of August.
“We are committed towards more of these efforts that will motivate our sports men and women to do better,” StarTimes Marketing and Public Relations Director, Japheth Akhulia added.
Prior to world championships in London, the 27-year-old had won all her races in 3000m and 5000m this season.
She posted the world-leading times of 8:23.14 in 3000m and a national record in 5000m of 14:18.37.
During the IAAF Diamond League season final in Brussels, the Kenyan track superstar Obiri crowned her season by lifting the Diamond Trophy after winning the 5000m showdown.
Deaflympian Simon Cherono was the first recipient of the monthly award.