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Eliud Kipchoge and Ex-Cricket Captain Karim
Among Sports Greats Feted at Mashujaa Day

Coastweek -- Marathon world record holder Eliud Kipchoge, former National cricket team Captain Aasif Karim and the 400 meters huddles national record holder Rose Tata-Muya were among 25 former sports personalities honoured as sports heroes and heroines feted during the ninth Mashujaa day celebrations last weekend.

Kipchoge who has been described as the greatest marathoner ever lowered the world mark by 1:18 minutes during the 2018 Berlin Marathon headlined the star-studded lineup that also included reigning SOYA award winner Paralympian Samuel Muchai, veteran African heavyweight champion Joseph

Akasamba  and celebrated football coaches Robert Matano and Bob Oyugi.

Karim, who is described as one of the best left arm spinners in the world was the only cricket and tennis legend in the lineup.

Karim first captained the national team at the 1988 Davies cup tennis tournament in Egypt.

He was appointed assistant captain of the National cricket team in 1996 before leading the nation as captain at the 1999 cricket world cup in England.

 
Coastweek -- Aasif Karim with Eliud Kipchoge and Mrs. Nazneen Karim.

His career highlight was however during the 2003 cricket world cup in South Africa when he was recalled from retirement and helped Kenya reach the semifinals beating eventual world champions Australia with Karim emerging man of the match with the dream spell performance.

Others who were honored include the 1991 All-Africa Games 10,000 metres gold medallist Thomas Osano, Mary Chege, Joseph Chesire,Esther Kavaya, Beatrice Taita, former star sprinter Joyce Odhiambo and  Emmanuel Shitote

Others are veteran netball administrator Lillian Anupi, Volleyballer Esther Chepkosgei.

Elizabeth Onsika of football ,Eric Gitonga from the Kenya Motor Sports foundation, Deaflympian  Daniel Kiptum Paralympians Berly Wamira, Edith Koros and James Boit.

           

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