Heroic welcome for Amsterdam Marathon winner

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Amsterdam Marathon men's winner Lawrence Cherono (right) receives a heroic welcome from family and residents of Baringo after landing at the Eldoret International Airport on October 23, 2018. Photo credit: Daily nation

The newly crowned Amsterdam Marathon champion Lawrence Cherono jetted back home on Tuesday to a heroic welcome.

Cherono was received by his family, friends and training mates at the Eldoret International Airport, who broke into song and dance, before giving him a sip of the Kalenjin traditional milk commonly known as mursik.

Cherono told the media that his preparation was good, enabling him to lower the course record in the Dutch capital.

“I did my training well since I came back from London Marathon, where I didn’t perform well because I had an injury. I was ready to tackle the field ahead,” said Cherono.

Cherono, 30, won the Amsterdam Marathon in 2:04:06, breaking his own course record by more than a minute, which he clocked last year.

Mule Wasihun of Ethiopia was second in 2:04:37, while compatriot Solomon Deksisa was third after clocking 2:04:40.