By Samuel Ouma
Kenyan athletes who took part in the recently concluded Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, have been honored by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The athletes met the President in State House on Monday morning after jetting back into the country last week.
Mr. Kenyatta announced that gold medallists will receive $10000, silver medallists $7500, and $5000 for bronze medallists.
He also announced a uniform token of $2000 for all athletes and officials, including the Paralympics team, participating in delayed Summer Games.
Kenya’s Head of State further lauded the Olympians for their exemplary performances that saw Kenya top the African medal chart.
He challenged the sporting fraternity to ensure the country continues to excel on the global stage.
Kenya finished 19th in the overall standings with ten medals-four gold, four silver, and two bronze.
Gold medallists were Emmanuel Korir (Men’s 800m), Faith Kipyegon (Women’s 1500m), Peres Jepchirchir (Women’s marathon), and Eliud Kipchoge (Men’s marathon).
Silver medals were won by Ferguson Rotich (Men’s 800m), Timothy Cheruiyot (Men’s 1500m), Brigid Kosgey (Women’s marathon), and Hellen Obiri (Women’s 5000m).
Elsewhere, Benjamin Kigen and Hyvin Kiyeng bagged bronze medals in Men’s 3000m steeplechase and Women’s 3000m steeplechase, respectively.