Kenyan athletes to pocket huge money rewards for Rio Olympics medal triumph

Olympics Day 13 - Athletics

Kenyan athletes that clinch gold medals at the Summer Olympic Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro will be awarded $10,000 for their feats, the country’s deputy president William Ruto said.

The East African nation last week named a team of 50 athletes to bear its flag at the Rio games, including seven world champions David Rudisha, Asbel Kiprop, Ezekiel Kemboi, Nicholas Bett, Julius Yego, Vivian Cheruiyot and Hyvin Kiyeng.

Addressing fans present at the Kipchoge Keino stadium where the national trials were conducted, Ruto revealed that the government has set aside monetary awards for the athletes that triumph at the Olympics event.

As the gold winners will receive $10,000, silver winners will be given a $7500 reward while bronze medallists carry home $5000.

The athletics programme at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will run from 12-21 August.