PHOTOS: KDF promote Sumgong after winning gold in Rio Olympics

Rio Marathon Gold Medalist Jemima Sumgong with colleagues at Moi Air Base Nairobi, August 23, 2016 /COURTESY

KDF promote Sumgong: The Kenya Defence Forces has promoted Jemima Sumgong from Senior Private to Corporal for earning Kenya a gold medal in the Rio 2016 Olympics.

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Jemima who is also the London marathon champion, was also presented with gifts at a heroic welcoming at Moi Air Base Nairobi on Tuesday.

She clocked 2 hours 24 minutes on her way to victory and is among the six Kenyan gold medalists at the concluded Rio Olympics.

Sumgong said she was eyeing the London IAAF world championships next year and also plans to defend her title in Japan 2020.

KDF promote Sumgong

Sumgong became the first Kenyan to win the women’s Olympic marathon bagging the gold medal.

Kenyan-born Eunice Kirwa, who now runs for Bahrain, was nine seconds behind and world champion Mare Dibaba of Ethiopia took bronze.

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