Legendary marathoner Eliud Kipchoge, on Friday, December 1, bagged an honorary degree in Humane Letters from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT).
Kipchoge was recognized for his contributions to the sport of althletics as well as his philanthropy work through his foundation.
“Eliud Kipchoge’s remarkable accomplishments extend beyond his unparalleled success in the sporting arena. His dedication to philanthropy and humanitarian causes through his foundation has made a tangible difference in the lives of many,” the varsity stated during its 41st graduation ceremony on Friday, December 1.
The Doctor of Human Letters (L.H.D) is one of the four doctorate honors given to individuals who have made significant contributions to society without necessarily attending class and writing a thesis.
His greatest achievements in athletics include being the Olympic marathon champion in 2016 and 2020, as well as becoming the first human to run a marathon in less than two hours in the 2019 Vienna marathon.
He has also won other awards, including the U20 Cross Country World Championship (Lausanne, Switzerland 2003), a gold medal in the 5000-meter event of the 2010 Diamond League, and four first places, three in 5000 meters, and one in 3000 meters, in the Golden League.