Mongolia's Tsendbaatar Erdenbat, left, exchanges punches with Kenya's Nicholas Okong'o Okoth during their men's featherweight 57-kg boxing match at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 24, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. [AP]

Kenyan Olympic boxer Nick Okoth has been trending for all the right reasons despite losing to Mongolia’s Erdenebat Tsendbaatar.

This is after he gave an interview in Sheng, much to the delight of netizens. For years, athletes and other local sports personalities have given interviews in English and some have struggled to express themselves.

Okoth opted to use Sheng to talk about the fight he narrowly lost and Kenyans online have urged the rest of his Kenyan counterparts in Tokyo to follow suit.

“Round one nimengáng’na poa. Juu ni jamaa, yeye hanijui, mimi namuonanga akicheza ye huanga anakimbiza watu wake. Kumuangaliangalia na mi nilikua napanga game ya mine. Hiyo round one ikiisha hivi nilikua nimemfeel…coach akaniambia niko chini.

“Kurudi ya pili nikaona kumbe ni mtu hayuko, hayuko kabisa, nikamiliza hiyo round ya pili coach akaniambia nimechukua game. Alafu kidogo round ya tatu nimemaliza nimejua nimeshinda game lakini kidogo uamuzi nikaskia ameshinda,” Okoth narrated.

(I know him well and even during the bout I knew how he was going to fight. I know I out-boxed him in the opening two rounds and in the end he was declared the winner and we all have to accept that).

Here are some of the reactions: