Footballer Michael Olunga and Peres Jepchirchir from athletics are the Excellent Sports activities Personalities of the 12 months 2020.
The 26-year-old Olunga was declared the Most Priceless Participant on the 2020 Japanese J1 League the place he was the highest scorer with 28 targets along with his membership Kashiwa Reysol to earn the golden boot.
He’s the primary African participant to realize the feat within the league.
In January this yr, Olunga left the membership the place he signed in 2018 to hitch Qatar Premier League champions Al-Duhail.
Jepchirchir, 27 recaptured the world half marathon title with victory in Gdynia, Poland on October 17.
Her time of One hour, 05 minutes and 16 seconds was sufficient to see Jepchirchir bettering her personal girls’s solely half marathon world file by 18 seconds inside six weeks.
Jepchirchir, the 2016 world half marathon champion, had on September 5 shattered the world file with a brand new time of 1:05:34 in Prague.
That noticed her get nominated for the 2020 Feminine World Athlete of the 12 months award.
On December 6, final yr, Jepchirchir closed the yr in type, operating the fifth quickest time ever in marathon with victory in Valencia in 2:17:16.
Olunga edged out the likes of boxer Nick Okoth, who received silver on the Africa Olympic qualifier in Senegal to sail via to the Tokyo Olympic Video games and Kibiwott Kandie who additionally received silver on the World Half Marathon Championships in Gdynia, Poland earlier than breaking the half marathon world file in a time of 57:32 on December 6.
He grew to become the primary man to run a half marathon beneath 58 minutes, breaking compatriot, Geoffrey Kamworor’s earlier file of 58:01 set in Copenhagen in 2019.
Jepchirchir beat boxer Christine Ongare, who received bronze on the Africa Olympic qualifier in Senegal to qualify for Tokyo Olympics and taekwondo exponent Religion Ogallo, who received gold on the Africa Olympic qualifier to make it to the Tokyo Olympic Video games.
Corridor of Fame: Ben Jipcho, Rose Naliaka
Neighborhood Hero: Shadrack Wambui
Company Social Accountability: Fidelis Njoki
Innovation: Dominic Ndigiti
Resilience- Sportsman dwelling with a incapacity: Henry Wanyoike
Resilience- Sportsman: Daniel Komen
Excellent Sportswoman dwelling with a incapacity: Nancy Chelangat
Excellent Sportsman dwelling with a incapacity: Onesmus Munyao
Excellent Sportswoman: Peres Jepchirchir
Excellent Sportsman: Michael Olunga