The Kenya Defence Forces has promoted Jemima Sumgong from Senior Private to Corporal for earning Kenya a gold medal in the Rio 2016 Olympics.
Jemima who is also the London marathon champion, was also presented with gifts at a heroic welcoming at Moi Air Base Nairobi on Tuesday.
Rio 2016 Marathon Gold Medalist Jemima Sumgong receives heroic welcome at Moi Air base Nairobi /COURTESY
She clocked 2 hours 24 minutes on her way to victory and is among the six Kenyan gold medalists at the concluded Rio Olympics.
Rio 2016 Marathon Gold Medalist Jemima Sumgong with colleagues at Moi Air base Nairobi /COURTESY
Sumgong said she was eyeing the London IAAF world championships next year and also plans to defend her title in Japan 2020.
Sumgong became the first Kenyan to win the women’s Olympic marathon bagging the gold medal.
Rio 2016 Marathon Gold Medalist Jemima Sumgong arrives at Moi Air base Nairobi /COURTESY
Kenyan-born Eunice Kirwa, who now runs for Bahrain, was nine seconds behind and world champion Mare Dibaba of Ethiopia took bronze.