Olunga, Jepchirchir Declared Most Outstanding Sports Personalities of 2020

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Footballer Michael Olunga and Peres Jepchirchir from athletics are the Outstanding Sports Personalities of the Year 2020.

The 26-year-old Olunga was declared the Most Valuable Player at the 2020 Japanese J1 League where he was the top scorer with 28 goals with his club Kashiwa Reysol to earn the golden boot.

He is the first African player to achieve the feat in the league.

In January this year, Olunga left the club where he signed in 2018 to join Qatar Premier League champions Al-Duhail.

Jepchirchir, 27 recaptured the world half marathon title with victory in Gdynia, Poland on October 17.

Her time of One hour, 05 minutes and 16 seconds was enough to see Jepchirchir bettering her own women’s only half marathon world record by 18 seconds within six weeks.

Jepchirchir, the 2016 world half marathon champion, had on September 5 shattered the world record with a new time of 1:05:34 in Prague.

That saw her get nominated for the 2020 Female World Athlete of the Year award.

On December 6, last year, Jepchirchir closed the year in style, running the fifth fastest time ever in marathon with victory in Valencia in 2:17:16.

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