World 800m champion Mary Moraa's engagement ring captivates fans with its breathtaking beauty and jaw-dropping value.
World 800m champion Mary Moraa may not have clinched the title at the Prefontaine Classic final Diamond League Meeting in Eugene, USA, but she returned home with a different kind of sparkle.
Awaiting her at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi was a stunning engagement ring from fiancée Richard Lagat, drawing nearly as much attention as her athletic accomplishments.
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Moraa, 23, has had a glamorous season and it has now even gotten better as she summed it up with an engagement ring from Lagat, a former volleyball player who is now a coach.
The engagement has been the talk of the town, not just because of the romantic airport proposal but also due to the staggering value of the ring.
Moraa, who secured a respectable fourth place in the race, being narrowly defeated in the final stretch by USA's Athing Mu, was met with a surprise of a lifetime.
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The track and field action now takes a break and will resume next year and athletes are now able to know the 2024 Diamond League Meeting calendar.
Richard Lagat, her fiancé, wasted no time expressing his intentions as he knelt amidst the bustling crowd, presenting the gold ring that's estimated to be worth around Ksh 139,000.
Insiders from the jewelry industry have shed light on the ring's value. "Most gold rings of such caliber and design are priced around that mark," stated a representative from James Allen portal, one of the premier engagement and wedding rings online shops.
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Tsegay clocked 14:00.21 to shatter Faith Kipyegon’s world record time of 14:05.20 that the Kenyan set during the Diamond League Meeting in Paris.
But who is Richard Lagat? For many Kenyan sports enthusiasts, he is a familiar name, previously adorning the volleyball courts as a player for the men's Kenya Volleyball Federation National League champions, General Service Unit.
Since retiring as a player, he has transitioned to coaching, guiding the next generation of volleyball stars.
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The Berlin course remains one of his favourite since he has set two world records there.
Their love story has charmed many. "I met Moraa in 2021 during the National Police Service passing-out parade in Embakasi...It was love at first sight,” Richard shared as per Daily Nation.
His fond memories of their meeting were echoed by his praises for Moraa. “She is an amazing girl, easy to be around with, cheerful, humorous, and a good dancer," he added.
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The tactician guided Jacobs to take the delayed 2020 Olympic title in the 100m but Jacobs will not be working with him as he gears up to defend his Olympic title.
The soft-spoken gentleman from Kapsabet in Nandi County also acknowledged Moraa’s hard work on the track. "She truly gave her all this season," said Lagat.
For Moraa, the night was an emotional whirlwind. "Nothing can express what I am feeling now. It's a wonderful night," she expressed, her face lighting up with joy. Her witty response to any potential suitors was met with laughter, “Let those who had hopes know that the chapter is closed.”
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The Jamaican started off the season on a low note due to injuries but has enjoyed ending the season with impressive times.
Their union was celebrated by many who witnessed the proposal. Among them were fellow athletes who had accompanied Moraa from the 2023 Diamond League Final, the Prefontaine Classic, in Eugene, USA.
As the celebrations continue, the duo has captured the hearts of many, and the story of the sparkling ring is sure to be told for years to come. Whether on the track or in matters of the heart, Mary Moraa surely knows how to leave a lasting impression.