Public holiday? How KOT reacted to Eliud Kipchoge's INEOS challenge

Eliud Kipchoge celebrates with his wife Grace Sugutt [Photo: Herbert Neubauer / APA / AFP]

Social media was abuzz after Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge broke the INEOS 1:59 Challenge record in Vienna, Austria.

Using the hashtags #Eliud159, #INEOS159 and #NoHumanIsLimited, Kenyans On Twitter (KOT) and other social media platforms joined the celebration and congratulation frenzy.

The creative and humourous side of Kenyans could not be hidden when they took INEOS challenge to another humorous level.

A parody Twitter account of businessman and philanthropist Jimi Wanjigi(@jimiwanjigi) had a field day carrying on its deceiving streak since Friday when it promised a jet to the athlete:

“Congratulations!! You have done us proud. Plans are underway with @GulfstreamAero, the jet will be delivered to #eliudkipchoge before November 29 2019,” tweeted the fake account.

Others listed a fantasy list of monetary rewards waiting on Kipchoge when he lands back, including Wanjigi’s mythical jet and millions of shillings in cash.

Public holiday?

Another creative mind designed a fake “special” gazette notice designating tomorrow a public holiday.

For those given unto sensual pleasures, the INEOS 1:59 challenge was dream come true.

Some select bars and liquor brands played on the figure 159 to sell their brands.

Others cryptically dared each other to all manner of INEOS 1:59 challenge, like staggering home at 1:59 am “because no human is limited.”

In Nairobi’s entrepreneurial zone, River Road, audiovisual compact disks of the race did brisk business as soon as the race was done.


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