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Eliud Kipchoge Crowned Male Athlete Of The Year



Olympic marathon champion and World Marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge has been crowned the 2019 World Athletics Male Athlete of the year.

Kipchoge, 35, beat four other contestants to retain the award during the World Athletics gala in Monaco on Saturday night.

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Kipchoge, who was not at the gala but accepted the accolade in a telecast interview, won the London Marathon in April in a course record of 2:02:37, before making history as the first man to run a marathon under two honours when he completed the Ïneos 1:59 Challenge in Vienna, Austria in 1:59:40.2 on October 12 this year.

Kipchoge beat World Cross Country and World 10,000m champion Joshua Cheptegei from Uganda, World 200m champion Noah Lyles (USA), World 400m hurdles champion Karsten Warholm (Norway) and World pole vault champion Sam Kendricks (USA).

Kenya’s athlete Eliud Kipchoge (screen) gives a speech via a video live as he receives the Male Athlete of the Year award during the IAAF World Athletics Awards ceremony, on November 23, 2019, in Monaco. PHOTO | VALERY HACHE |AFP

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“It was really a special moment for me becoming the first human being to run under two hours. I am happy to inspire a whole generation,” said Kipchoge.

Congratulations Kipchoge

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