Rose Chepyator-Thomson, an associate professor of physical education and sport studies, has been named 2003-2004 African Hero by Ohio University’s African Student Union for her achievements as a scholar, an athlete and a parent. She is the first woman to be honored by the student group.
“Rose Chepyator-Thomson stunned the whole of Africa when she became the fastest woman to run the classic events of the 1500 and 3000 meters,” says Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi, former president of the Republic of Kenya. “She not only set an example for women in the country but also for other women across the continent.
She is a role model both for her running and her achievements in education. We are proud of her, as a nation, and of her accomplishments in track and academics.”