Kenyan Runner Gives Up Winning To Help Fellow Competitor Cross Finish Line
One Kenyan athlete put his athletic goals aside to not just help a fellow runner in need, but to help him cross the finish line.
According to New York Daily News, Simon Cheprot was close to crossing the finish line in the Okpekpe International 10-kilometer Road Race in Nigeria when he realized a fellow Kenyan runner, Kenneth Kipkemoi, had collapsed.
Cheprot had a gold medal on the line, but instead of going for the prize, he decided to stop and lift Kipkemoi up. Then, he carried him across the finish line.
Tears. tears. tears.
Though Cheprot didn’t snag his gold medal for the day, he was eventually awarded the equivalent of $15,000 for his act of kindness. According to Mwakilishi.com, the contributions came from former Edo state governor Adams Oshiomole, Edo state’s deputy Governor Philip Shaibu, and other generous contributors.
Last year, Cheprot finished the Okpekpe Race in second place and he won the race back in 2016. This year, he was a strong contender to come in first place, which would make him the first person to win twice in the seven years the annual race began.
So yea, he gave up all this to help his brother.
“My dad told me one day, ‘When you’re walking and you meet a sick person on the road, help him. Do not leave him’, so that was the first thing that came to my mind when I saw my friend on the ground,” Cheprot said after the race, according to Mwakilishi.com.
“This is what is called sportsmanship,” said race promoter Mike Itemuagbor. “Simon gave proper consideration for fairness, ethics, respect and a sense of fellowship with his competitors. He is our hero, he is the hero of the seventh edition of the race.”