Dennis Kimetto, who won the Berlin Marathon in a world-record time on Sunday, was welcomed home to a Nairobi, Kenya, airport on Wednesday with a red carpet, limousine and a gourd of Mursik.
Kimetto, 30, clocked 2 hours, 2 minutes, 57 seconds in the German capital, breaking a year-old world record by 26 seconds. He ran his first marathon two years ago.
“There was a near stampede at the JKIA’s arrival lounge as the crowd burst into song and dance, rushing forward to hug him,” reported the Standard newspaper in Kenya. Here’s a video report.
Kimetto said he will prepare for the 2015 London Marathon in April and, hopefully, the 2015 World Championships in Beijing in August and the 2016 Rio Olympics, according to the Daily Nation in Kenya.
Here are images of Kimetto drinking Mursik (sour milk), with family and officials, via Getty Images: