President William Ruto has honoured Faith Kipyegon with the status of the Elder of the Order of the Golden Heart of Kenya (E.G.H.) during the grand 60th Jamhuri Day celebrations at Uhuru Gardens today Tuesday 12th December 2023. President Ruto said it is the highest honour Kenya gifts her children who excel. Expressing the significance of this recognition, Ruto stated, “Today, I have conferred upon our world-beating athlete Faith Kipyegon the rank and status of the Elder of the Order of the Golden Heart of Kenya (E.G.H.), the highest honor our country awards its citizens who illuminate the path of excellence.”

Highlighting Kipyegon’s extraordinary journey, Ruto commended her ascent to the pinnacle of achievement, noting, “She has earned her place at the very top, from running barefoot to breaking two world records within a year is the ultimate heroism. Faith’s journey is an inspiration to all our young and aspiring athletes.” This prestigious acknowledgment comes as Kipyegon’s stellar athletic accomplishments continue to captivate the world.

President Ruto’s recognition follows Kipyegon’s recent global acclaim as the Women’s Track Athlete of the Year by World Athletics in Monaco. Celebrating her historic achievements, Ruto declared, “A fitting crown for the Queen of the track, a worthy tribute to one the hardest-working athletes alive today, the embodiment of excellence, versatility, fortitude, humility, and purpose; an incredible human being, a true champion, and a once-in-a-lifetime talent. Congratulations Faith Kipyegon, the World Athlete of the Year.”