Remembering Kenyan Athlete Jacqueline Kiplimo Who Helped Athlete With Disability Quench His Thirst

Remembering Kenyan Athlete Jacqueline Kiplimo Who Helped Athlete With Disability Quench His Thirst

Martin Moses
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:09 PM
  • Kenyan professional athlete Jacqueline Kiplimo caught the world's attention in 2010 when she helped a disabled athlete drink water
  • Kiplimo slowed her pace and ran alongside a Chinese athlete for over 20 kilometres, relinquishing her first spot in the process as she gave him water at the water stops
  • She, however, finished in second place in one of the greatest stories of defying odds and serving humanity at the same time

2010 will remain a perfect example that humanity still exists even in the face of riches and wealth.

The 2010 Zheng-Kai marathon saw a Kenyan athlete Jacqueline Kiplimo sacrifice a hefty grand prize and a shot at glory. Kiplimo chose to help a differently-abled athlete drink water which made her lose the first spot.

Jacqueline Nyetipei Kiplimo, Zheng-Kai
Jacqueline Nyetipei Kiplimo helps a Chinese athlete drink water during the Zheng-Kai marathon in 2010. Credit, @Africa_Archives.
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Kiplimo noticed that a Chinese athlete who was also participating in the race was struggling to open a water bottle in one of the drink stops.

Kiplimo was leading the race at the 10-kilometre mark when she saw an armless athlete trying to open a water bottle. The athlete was severely dehydrated and in need of water.

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She decided to slow down and help the athlete drink water. She then ran with him until the 38-kilometre mark, which allowed her competitors to overtake her.

After 38 kilometres, she tried playing catch-up with the rest of the field but could only manage a second-place finish. She pocketed 10,000 US Dollars missing out on a potentially higher amount had she won the race.

I do not regret my actions. Imagine if I had not assisted him. What would have happened? Sometimes, we need to help out even when competing. Money is not everything. She said to Daily Sport.

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Martin Moses is a sports journalist with over five years of experience in media. He graduated from Multimedia University of Kenya (Bachelor of Journalism, 2017-2021)