The Star (Nairobi)

16 November 2012

Kenya: Soya Shortlist Seven for the Top Award On Dec 6 Gala Evening

The Safaricom Sportsman of the Year Awards (SOYA) panel of judges have narrowed to seven, the nominee to battle it out for the overall title on December 6.

Athletes dominate the list with Olympic and world 800 meter champion David Rudisha the favourite for the award after setting a new world record at the London Olympics in August.

Rudisha has also been nominated for the IAAF male athlete award of the year. World and Olympic 3000 meter steeplechase champion Ezekiel Kemboi also gets the nod in the list.

World marathon majors champion Mary Keitany has also been selected in the final list as has double world champion and last year's overall SOYA award winner Vivian Cheruiyot who clinched silver and bronze in the 5,000 and 10,000m races at the London Olympics.

Kenya's top swimmer Jason Dunford qualifies for the prestigious award after winning three gold and two silver medals at the Africa swimming championships in September at the Moi International Sports centre Kasarani.

Dunford follows up with an impressive performance in the just concluded FINA Swimming World cup around the globe. He has so far won three gold five silver and a bronze in the series

Victor Wanyama who plies his trade with Scottish football giants Celtic in Scotland is the exception. Paralympian Abraham Tarbei completes the mens list for the top award.

Tarbei won a gold medal in the t46 1,500 metre where he also set a world record of 3:50.15. He also won a bronze medal in the T46 800 metre where he returned 1:56.

Communications provider Safaricom Limited has provided a voting platform where members of the public with Safaricom lines are invited to vote.

This can be done by dialling *744# and following the instructions .The charge is kshs 5 like a normal sms. Members of the public also can vote online at soyaawards.com. Safaricom hasve sponsored the event to the tune of Sh7 million

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