Eldoret residents demand to see Kipchoge

By Vincent Kejitan | Wednesday, Oct 16th 2019 at 14:32
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Just hours after Eliud Kipchoge came back to the country after his remarkable achievement in Vienna, Austria, residents of his hometown, Eldoret, are now demanding to see him.

During an interview on KTN News on Wednesday, a section of Eldoret residents demanded to see Kipchoge saying they should be allowed to celebrate their hero.

The celebrated athlete jetted back into the country in a low-key affair contrary to what people expected.

“We supported him during the INEOS 1:59 challenge and it just right that we see him,” said one Eldoret resident.

“It is our right to celebrate with him,” added another.

Although many felt ‘betrayed’ one man swam against the tide saying Kipchoge should be given time to rest adding that he needs some training on how he will handle the millions he pocketed.

“Let the man rest. What he did was remarkable but that does not give us a right to demand to see him.

“He should be guided on how he will use the money he won because you are the same people who will make fun of him when he is broke.

“Let him enjoy with his wife.”

The 34-year-old, who was flown out of the country on October 7 in a chartered plane to Austria, made a low key return in the county on Wednesday at 6:30am aboard flight KQ 117 from Amsterdam.

He arrived with no fans lining up at the airport to catch a glimpse of him or a group of top government officials to receive him.

Kenya Airways tweeted a photo of Kipchoge with its crew that flew him home from Amsterdam.

“Honoured to fly our CHAMPION @eliudkipchoge home from Amsterdam. The Pride is so proud of you! #ChampionOnBoard #NoHumanIsLimited” read the tweet.

The Olympic marathon champion and world record holder completed the course around Vienna's Prater park in one hour, 59 minutes and 40 seconds.

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