Nairobi residents were not left behind as Kenyans followed proceedings from Vienna, Austria where Eliud Kipchoge became the first man to run the marathon under two hours during the INEOS 1:59 Challenge on Saturday.
Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed led a high-power delegation that featured Baringo Senator Gideon Moi and Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang in watching the action from a big screen mounted at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre.
Fans as well as current and former athletes were part of the crowd that exploded in celebration after Kipchoge finished in one hour, 59 minutes and 40 seconds.
“We are very proud of Kipchoge, he has really raised the Kenyan flag up in the world. Thank you very much Kipchoge,” said Amina.
Moi said Kipchoge’s feat of busting the two-hour marathon barrier can be equated to Neil Armstrong's achievement of walking on the moon in 1969. “God bless Kipchoge and God bless Kenya,” said Moi.