NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 17 – Paralympian Samuel Muchai was the toast of the night after being crowned the 2017 Safaricom Sports Personality of the Year in a glittering gala ceremony held on Wednesday night at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre.
Muchai, who bagged double gold at World Para Athletics Championships also won the Sportsman Living with Disability to take home Sh1.3mn prize money in the glitzy ceremony that was attended by Deputy President William Ruto.
Muchai won the overall Sports Personality of the Year Award ahead of World champion Hellen Obiri, Olympic and World Champion in the men’s steeplechase Conseslus Kipruto and Deaflympian Berlil Wamira.
Obiri, who had a memorable year in 2017, winning her first ever outdoor world title at the IAAF London World Championships as well as bagging the Diamond League trophy, was named the Sportswoman of the Year.
In the Sportswoman award, Obiri waded off stiff competition from Boston marathon champion Edna Kiplagat, Kenya Lionesses winger Sinaida Aura, Malkia Strikers middle blocker Edith Wisa and World 1500m champion Faith Kipyegon.
-Conseslus best Sportsman-
Conseslus Kipruto, who took over the mantle of the water and barrier event from veteran Ezekiel Kemboi was named the 2017 Sportsman of the Year, beating world 1500m champion Elijah Manangoi, Kenya Simbas star Darwin Mukidza and the marathoner pair of Eliud Kipchoge and Geoffrey Kirui, who won the world title in London as well as the Boston Marathon.
Berlil Wamira who won two silver medals in the Deaflympis Games, scooped the Sportswoman Living with Disability Award.
Having guided the Kenya Under-19 Cricket team to the ICC World Cup, Jimmy Kamande was named the Coach of the Year ahead of KCB RFC’s Curtis Olago, Kenya Lionesses’ Kevin Wambua and Vihiga United’s Edward Manoah.
The Kenya Under-19 Cricket Team won the men’s Sports Team ahead of Gor Mahia and KCB RFC.
The Kenya Lionesses was named the women’s Sports Team of the Year ahead of Telkom Orange.
The black tie event was graced by former Harambee Stars international Mike Okoth, who is the father of Belgian striker Divock Origi.
Sports personality of the year
Samuel Muchai (Paralympics)
Sports man of the Year
Conseslus Kipruto (Athletics)
Sportswoman of the Year
Hellen Obiri (Athletics)
Aman Gandhi (Cricket)
Most Promising Girl
Jackline Wambui (Athletics)
Sportsman Living with a Disability
Samuel Muchai (Paralympics)
Sportswoman Living with a Disability
Beryl Wamira (Deaflympics)
Coach of the Year
Jimmy Kamande (Cricket)
Team of the Year-Men
Kenya Cricket Under-19 (Cricket)
Team of the Year-Women
Kenya Lionesses (Rugby)
Sports Federation of the Year
Hall of Fame
Allan Thigo(Soccer) and Stephen Muchoki (Boxing)
School Team of the Year-Boys
Muhuri Muchiri (Rugby Sevens)
School Team of the Year-Girls
Wiyeta Girls (Soccer)
School Coach of the Year
Kikechi Kombo (Muhuri Muchiri-Rugby)
Most outstanding Player of the Year-Boy
Emmanuel Ndonga (Swimming)
Most outstanding Player of the Year -Girl
Faith Nyabera (Lawn Tennis)