Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge became the first man to run a marathon under two hours after he completed the INEOS 1:59 Challenge in 1:59:40.
Kenyans online were full of praise for the marathon great who ensured his name was etched in history and some proposed that he should be given a proper homecoming when he jets back home.
Just two days after the nation celebrated Moi Day, a number of ‘patriotic’ netizens called on the government to declare a public holiday ‘in the spirit of oneness’ with Kipchoge.
We all know what Interior CS Fred Matiang’i will say about it.
Activist Boniface Mwangi also said it was just right that the nation gave Kipchoge the respect he deserves.
“We should line up the entire road from the airport to Nairobi CBD to welcome #eliudkipchoge.
“Receive him like the HERO he is,” wrote Mwangi.
Here are some of the reactions:
tupewe Kipchoge day Monday ???????? — Kibi (@Edwinkibichum) October 12, 2019
Hyo parte after parte kaendeleee???????? — Seth Mathias (@sunyaseth) October 12, 2019
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ISSA plan...declare it a holiday ???? paint the roads in.his honour name streets after him the 1 guy who united the country even if for a few hours deserves a huge welcome back home ....issa plan — Queen of the South (@ceatieno) October 12, 2019
We should have Eliud Kipchoge day, a day dedicated to celebrating all our athletes. That totally makes sense as a public holiday. — The Lifta (@TheLifta) October 12, 2019
How about a Kipchoge Statue? ????Real ???? ???????????? — levy Musau (@levy_ndolo) October 12, 2019
Lazima tuende airport #KingChoge #Eliud159 the real GOAT — The Prince (@PrinceCollo254) October 12, 2019
... And the entourage should stretch all the way from JKIA to CBD — James Makau (@makaujemo) October 12, 2019
Prezzo should declare the day anarudi holiday so that we can celebrate our hero — Charles AFSTA (@cknyachae) October 12, 2019
I swear i was having this conversation with a friend few moments ago ....lets nduuuthis
And a statue in town. Help us push for a statue — Rose Wairimu (@Wairimu_Waridi) October 12, 2019