Athlete Ben Jipcho -- winner of two gold medals at the 1974 Christchurch Commonwealth Games and now making an impact on the United States professional circuit -- was duly named Kenyan athlete of the year at a Nairobi ceremony on Thursday (14 March).
SV Vice President arap Moi enters hotel room and is greeted.
SV Minister of State Koinange shaking hands with guest.
SCU Ben Jipcho in dark suit with another sportsman-Jipcho is hugged by award sponsor.
SV arap Moi meeting officials.
SV Koinange talking to official.
GV Guests at reception
GV Ben Jipcho walks in to dining room waving hands to applause.
SV Guests seated applauding.
SV Jipcho holding cup aloft.
SV Jipcho holding cup with arap Moi and ministers.
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Background: Athlete Ben Jipcho -- winner of two gold medals at the 1974 Christchurch Commonwealth Games and now making an impact on the United States professional circuit -- was duly named Kenyan athlete of the year at a Nairobi ceremony on Thursday (14 March).
Kenyan Vice-President Daniel arap Moi and Kip Keino -- Kenya's first Sportsman of the Year back in 1967 -- were among the guests at a dinner organised by a soft drinks firm.
The Vice-President gave Jipcho his prize, a cup and a cheque for about GBP 350. The Kenyan runner showed supreme versatility during January's Commonwealth Games, winning the 6,000 metres and 3,000 metres steeplechase, and coming third in the 1,500 metres. Since then, in the United States, he has won his first professional race and his first indoor race.
SYNOPSIS: Kenyan Vice-President Daniel arap Moi joined a distinguished gathering in Nairobi to pay tribute to Kenya's Athlete of the year on Thursday. This annual highlight of the Kenyan sporting calendar has been held since 1967.
The athlete honoured this year is the great runner, Ben Jipcho. And he received an affectionate welcome arriving for the award ceremony. Jipcho has scarcely been out of the sporting headlines this year. At the Christchurch Commonwealth Games, he collected three medals -- two gold and one bronze. Then he turned professional, and in his first races in the united States showed the same tremendous versatility by beating top professional track stars.
Jipcho was a popular choice. And he joins a select band of previous winners, including the great Kip Keino, Naftali Temu, Charles Asati and Julius Sang.
Keino, the first winner in 1967, was present to see Jipcho receive his cup and cheque for three-hundred and fifty pounds.