Tokyo Olympics 5000m Silver Medalist Helen Obiri Promoted to Senior Sergeant

Tokyo Olympics 5000m Silver Medalist Helen Obiri Promoted to Senior Sergeant

Rene Otinga
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:50 PM
  • Obiri won silver in the women's 5000m at the Tokyo Olympics
  • The Sergeant returned home to a promotion as Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) of the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) Robert Kibochi received her on Tuesday, August 17
  • She is now a senior seargeant at the Kenya Defence Forces

Kenyan athletes who had exemplary performances at the Tokyo Olympics continue to be rewarded on various capacities and the latest one to earn a commendable promotion in her field was Hellen Obiri.

Hellen Obiri
Hellen Obiri is now a senior Sergeant after bagging silver in the women's 5000m finals.
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Obiri was on Tuesday, August 17, promoted to senior sergeant following her heroics at the summer games.

She competed in the 10000m and 5000m finals and managed to impressively clinch silver in the latter, which was won by Dutch international Sifan Hassan.

Obiri clocked 14.38.36 to finish behind Netherland's Hassan who won gold, with Ethiopia's Gudaf Tsegay settling for bronze to complete the top three podium.

In the 10000m, she narrowly missed out on a medal after finishing in fourth place in a race which was also won by Sifan Hassan.

Her silver medal was crucial for Team Kenya as it helped the nation to a 19th place finish in the worldwide rankings.

Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) of the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) Robert Kibochi, took to his social media on Tuesday to announce that Obiri, previously a sergeant, had earned a promotion.

“Senior Sergeant Hellen Obiri finished second clocking 14:38.36 in the women's 5000m final grabbing Silver Medal while Sergeant Benjamin Kigen finished third in the Men's 3000m Steeplechase final posting a time of 8:11.45 bringing home Bronze Medal,” a statement from the CDF said.

Bronze medalist sergeant Benjamin Kigen was also present at Kibochi’s office to be honoured for his feat at the summer games.

Kigen earned Kenya her first medal of the delayed games as he finished third in the men’s 3000m steeplechase final.

This was the first time Kenya failed to dominate that particular race in nine years.

Uhuru meets athletes

President Uhuru Kenyatta received representatives of Team Kenya on Monday, August 16, with the head of state using the occasion to announce cash rewards for the participants who shone at the Summer Games.

Gold medalists are set to pocket KSh 1 million each, with those who won silver expected to take home KSh 750,000.

Those who finished third in their respective disciplines will get a cash prize of KSh 500,000 each.

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Rene Otinga is a sports journalist with over eight years of working experience in digital media. Rene's experience includes working as a Copywriter at X News Kenya and