By Friday evening, a quick drive in town and you could mistake a regular Friday for a Christmas holiday.
Everyone was rooting for team Kenya and crossed fingers hoping that World’s greatest marathoner Eliud Kipchoge would beat his INEOS 159 challenge to become the first man to run a marathon in under two hours.
Come Saturday morning, and the whole country came to a standstill as Kenyans from all walks of life celebrated the marathoner. Eliud overcame the final obstacle in Marathon history, crossing the finish line at a record time of 1.59.40.
Shortly after, Kenyans had something to celebrate during the 2019 edition of the Chicago Marathon. Kenya’s representative, Lawrence Cherono, outkicked Debisa at the final 50m to clinch the men’s category in the marathon, defeating his opponent by mere seconds.
Shortly after, Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei broke a 16-year world record in the women’s category after she finished at 2:14:04.
The Kenyan Lionesses, female rugby team, also faced their South African side in a bid to solidify their chances of qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. After a slight 15-14 loss, they qualified, thus bringing the curtains down on a good athletic weekend for Team Kenya.