Written by Emilly Chelagat
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Kapsabet, Nandi County: It was pomp and colour at Namgoi Seventh Day Adventist Church in Kapsabet as the believers of the church celebrate the homecoming of the two Olympic heroes Priscah Jeptoo and Abel Kirui both who emerged 2nd position in the London 2012 Olympics marathon.
The occasion which was held at Namgoi SDA grounds on Sunday brought business to near standstill within the surroundings of the church as neighbors turned up to pay the homage to the heroes.
The two silver medalist who are members of the church were escorted with honour by the pathfinder band instrumental to the forefront seats in a closely steadily snail like movement that gave the occasion a stately aura.
Pastor David Singoei from Nandi South District who presided over the ceremony of the day begun with a verse from Philippians Chapter 4: 13, “I have the strength to face all conditions by the power that Christ gives me.”
He stressed that an athlete has to be disciplined all round and obey the rules for him/her to win a prize in the race (2nd Timothy 2: 5) thus it is a key to tranquility.
He congratulate the two for their good work shown in London and urged them to maintain the same spirit as with God everything is possible adding they should never continue serving the most high by giving tithes because the hand that gives is the one that receives.
The two athletes said it was the toughest Olympics they had ever participated.
Priscah Jeptoo a mother of one who is married to Douglas Chepsiror an upcoming athlete narrated the weather in London was bad during her turn as it was raining heavily and had already in her heart whispered if she emerged 5th position she would thank God for that as the race was becoming tougher and tougher worrying her.
“It was raining heavily from the start of the race all through after covering 21 km the rains ceased,” Priscah said.
Abel Kirui a father of one, thanked God for what he received in the race adding it was through prayers that the Almighty intervened for him and thus thank the church at large for their support.
“The weather was hot and terrible but I prayed hardly for God to help me finish at a good position as you know running 42 km in such harsh conditions is very hard and cumbersome,” Kirui said
Kirui who was at the rank of Administration Police Inspector was promoted to the the rank of Chief Inspector after emerging second in the 2010 Olympics marathon at London with a silver medal.
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