Cheprot praised as heroic for ditching victory to rescue opponent

Cheprot praised as heroic for ditching victory to rescue opponent

Humanity always gains inspiration and rebirth from those who choose the path rarely ventured and go the extra mile to show true altruism.

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And it was a rather odd but touching action that stood out as peculiar in a world driven by profit and vicious success, that made long-distance Kenyan runner, Simon Cheprot's selfless act all the more special.

Cheprot, who was crowned champion in 2016, chose humanity over fame in the seventh edition of the Okpekpe Road Race held on Saturday, May 25.

The lanky athlete abandoned the Okpekpe race inches from the finish line to help his compatriot, Kenneth Kipkemoi, who had collapsed in front him after fatigue got the best of him.

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His rare deed was branded an act of kindness by adoring fans and touched Kenyans on Twitter, who took to social media to hail the courageous athlete's efforts.

"When you die on this earth you will not go with your money or your properties, only your heart," one of Cheprot's admirers tweeted.
"The moment you are a brother's keeper," Stephen wrote.

The organisers of the competition hailed the 2018 runner-up as a selfless and true example of sportsmanship.

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