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Beatrice Chebet Named LG/SJAK Sports Personality of the Month

Sports Journalists Association of Kenya representatives John Vaselyne and LG East Africa Marketing Manager Changhyun Kim presents the December award to World 5km record holder Beatrice Chebet during the naming of the Sports Personality of the Month Award winner for December, 2023 at the LG East Africa Offices, Dusit 2 in Nairobi on Thursday, 18th January, 2024. Photo/ SJAK

World Cross Country champion and World 5km record holder Beatrice Chebet, was named the December 2023 Sports Journalists Association of Kenya and LG Sports Personality of the Month winner.

Chebet clocked 14:13 at the Cursa dels Nassos on Sunday, December 31, to improve on the previous women-only world record of 14:29 set by Ethiopia’s Senbere Teferi in Herzogenaurach on September 12, 2021.

The 23-year-old National Police Officer’s performance was also faster than the women’s world record set in a mixed race of 14:19, achieved by Ethiopia’s Ejegayehu Taye at the 2021 Cursa dels Nassos. Taye finished second behind Chebet in Sunday’s race, clocking 14:21, while Kenya’s Lilian Kasait was third in 14:26. The trio – 5km medallists at the World Athletics Road Running Championships Riga 23 in October 2023 – dipped under the previous women-only world record mark.

For the December victory, Chebet was awarded an LG washing machine valued at Ksh 101,000.

This is Chebet’s second award after clinching the February 2023 gong following her world cross country title-winning display in Bathurst, Australia, on February 18.

“I’m very excited for winning my third Sports Personality of the month award and I want to thank LG and SJAK for recognising my efforts. I have already won three products from these awards and I think at this rate I have realised that if I continue winning my races and setting new records I may not have to do shopping in my house. I will just be performing on the track and winning these sports awards,” Chebet said.

She added: “This is a very busy year for athletes. I want to start my season by defending my World Cross Country Championships title and also want to win the 5,000m Olympics gold medal and God willing also break the world record in the race.”

SJAK president James Waindi lauded Chebet for her achievements and urged her to strive to win more accolades in 2024. He also thanked LG Electronics for their continued support, terming it as a yard stick to local sports sponsorships, urging more corporates to come on board and support the industry through rewarding excellence and CSR.

“Chebet’s record-breaking 5km victory in Barcelona on the last day of 2023 was the highlight of the year. Her journey to glory has been one of determination, dedication and a relentless pursuit of excellence. Her record-breaking performance not only showcases her incredible talent but also serves as an inspiration to aspiring athletes around the world,” said LG Electronics East Africa Managing Director Dongwon Lee.

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  • John Vaselyne

    John Vaselyne is the founder of Athletics News. Africa’s only Independent Athletics News website. He has covered World U18 and U20 Championships, World Cross Country Championships, Four Continental Tour Gold Series, Wanda Diamond League. He has passion for the Sport and has over seven years experience in this area of sport. He is also the Leading Athletics Pundit in the Country, having been hosted in ALL leading TV stations in Kenya

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