Barely two weeks after world record holder Eliud Kipchoge was crowned as 2018 IAAF male athlete of the year, another Kenyan marathoner, Mary Keitany has won the 2018 New York Road Runners Pro Performer of the Year Award. This was as a result of excellent performance in New York City Marathon and NYRR New York Mini 10K.
The 36 years old Mary Jepkosgei Keitany clocked 2:22:48 and won her fourth title at 48th 2018 New York City Marathon held last month. Kenya’s Vivian Cheruiyot and America’s Shalane Flanagan finished second and third respectively.
The Kenya Sports player had won three straight wins in 2014, 2015, and 2016 but lost last year’s race by 61 seconds. In her statement after receiving the award, Keitany remains hopeful to winning the New York City Marathon in the future again. The winner of New York Road Runners Pro Performer of the year award was chosen through public voting where Keitany received 46.3 percent of the public votes. The second and the third position went to America’s wheelchair racers Daniel Romanchuk and Susannah Scaroni after receiving 16.2 and 14.1 percent of the votes respectively.
Mary Jepkosgei Keitany Success Story
Keitany won the 2017 London marathon in 2:17:01 and she is the world record holder in a women-only marathon. She also won London marathon in 2011 and 2012 consecutively. The marathoner was born in Kiplombe location, Baringo County. She comes from a humble background having dropped out of school due to lack of school fees but later found her way to expose her talents. Mary first represented Kenya in Udine World Half Marathon Championships and become second clocking 66:48 after Lornah Kiplagat who was representing the Netherlands.
Others on the list for NYRR Pro performer for 2018 comprised of Kenyan Rhonex Kipruto, Ethiopian Buze Diriba, Americans Jenny Simpson and Ben True. The finalists were selected based on their performance at various New York Road Runners races. The NYRR race series includes New Balance 5th Avenue Mile, United Airlines NYC Half, NYRR New York Mini 10K, NYRR Wanamaker Mile, Abbott Dash to the Finish Line 5K and USATF 5K Championships, UAE Healthy Kidney 10K, and TCS New York City Marathon.
The likes of Eliud Kipchoge, Mary Keitany, Kenya National football team (Harambee Stars) among other Kenya Sports Players have put Kenya sport on world and continental higher ranks.