Wanyonyi and Cherotich Crowned 2023 World Athletics Rising Stars

In a dazzling display of athleticism and raw talent, Kenyan prodigies Emmanuel Wanyonyi and Faith Cherotich ascended to new heights at the World Athletics Championships Budapest 23. The prestigious title of Male and Female Rising Stars of the Year for 2023 was officially bestowed upon them by the renowned World Athletics. These teenage sensations, having already carved their names in the annals of World U20 history, took the senior athletics stage by storm. The duo’s awe-inspiring achievements were lauded at the revamped World Athletics awards gala in the glitzy city of Monaco, France, on a star-studded Monday night.

Emmanuel Wanyonyi, the newly anointed Male Rising Star, boasts an illustrious career as a middle-distance runner. His triumphs include clinching the 2021 world U20 800m championship, a stellar fourth-place finish in the senior World Championships final in 2022, and claiming the Diamond League title in Eugene. In 2023, he dazzled as part of Kenya’s gold medal-winning mixed relay team at the World Championships, securing victory in four Wanda Diamond League races in Rabat, Paris, Xiamen, and Eugene.

Faith Cherotich, the Female Rising Star, mirrors Wanyonyi’s meteoric rise in the middle-distance realm. Her impressive accolades include two world U20 medals in 2021, with a bronze and gold in 2022. In a stunning display at the 2023 World Championships, she clinched a bronze medal in the 3000m steeplechase and secured a third-place finish in the Diamond League. Cherotich’s prowess also shone at the World Cross Country Championships, where she finished an impressive fourth in the U20 race.

The international recognition, announced via the World Athletics’ social media channels, added an extra layer of glory to their achievements. In the case of Mr. Wanyonyi, the official post exclaimed, “Male Rising Star winner 👑 Emmanuel Wanyonyi 🇰🇪 is your Male Rising Star of the Year 🙌 #AthleticsAwards.”

As the world applauds their remarkable feats, the question lingers: do these coveted titles come with financial rewards, or is the true prize the prestige that opens doors to potential sponsorships and lucrative endorsements? The stage is set for Wanyonyi and Cherotich to bask in the limelight and pave the way for a future adorned with triumphs and accolades