Kenya Tourism Board(KTB) has rewarded two Kenyan athletes – Brigid Kosgei and Ruth Chepngetich with a five-day holiday treat for their exceptional performances at this year’s London Marathon.

World marathon record holder Brigid Kosgei defended her London title this year while the 2019 world marathon champion Ruth Chepngetich came third in this year’s London race as Vincent Kipchumba finished second in the men’s race.

For their efforts, the duo has been awarded with the opportunity to visit the Laikipia Game Reserve, Samburu and Lamu wildlife sanctuaries for five days by the tourism body.

KTB Chief Executive Officer Dr. Betty Radier said athletes have continued to positively profile the country with their sterling performances in international competitions.

“Even at these times of less travel globally as a result of covid-19 pandemic, Kenya continues to be top of mind among travellers and investors alike because of our athletes who excel in international competitions,” said Radier.

She added that despite the challenging year, the athletes managed to keep up a strong performance in the London Marathon which has been the only major marathon event to take place this year.

“This year has been really difficult for everyone be it in sports or business due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Many local and international events had to be cancelled, which deprived them of the opportunity to do what they do best. Nonetheless, and thankfully the London Marathon took place, and we were well represented as usual. For that, we remain grateful for our sportsmen and women,” she added.

The annual London Marathon is part of the Marathon Majors that have over the years played a key role in profiling Kenya as the home of champions. Kenyan marathoners have dominated the competition over the past decade with Eliud Kipchoge winning the competition on four occasions including the 2018 and 2019 editions.