Marathon great Eliud Kipchoge has been awarded the Elder of the Order of the Golden Heart (EGH) medal.
The 34-year-old marathon record holder was honored with the top award by President Kenyatta during Mashujaa Day celebrations in Mombasa on Sunday.
Kipchoge was recognized for being the first man to complete a marathon in less than two hours during the recent INEOS 1:59 Challenge held in Vienna, Austria.
Kenyatta invited Kipchoge to join him on the podium and conferred upon him the honor, describing him as “living legend and the greatest of our time.”
EGH is the second class title in the Order of the Golden Heart of Kenya awards, the highest category of state awards. The award is second only to Chief of the Order of the Golden Heart (CGH), which is mainly reserved for Heads of State.
“On this day we celebrate those who have built Kenya with their bravery, their sacrifice, and their fidelity; we celebrate and honor those that go above and beyond the call of duty,” said Kenyatta in his speech.
“Today we honor the Kenyans called to serve around the world, our Kenyans in the diaspora who continue to be our brand ambassadors in countries far from their home and who continue to support millions of Kenyans in their homeland.”
Deputy President William Ruto, ODM leader Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka, Chief Justice David Maraga, and Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho are among the top leaders who attended the event held at the Mama Ngina Waterfront grounds.