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Marathon record holder Kipchoge is the male athlete of the year

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World Marathon record holder, Eliud Kipchoge, has been named the male athlete of the year for the 2nd consecutive time.

The 35 year old made history after running a sub 2 hour marathon in the Ineos Challenge last month in Vienna, Austria.

Dalilah Muhammad won the women’s category in the awards ceremony held last night in Monaco.

Kipchoge, the winner of the award last year, added to his phenomenal marathon CV in 2019, after capturing his fourth victory at the London Marathon in April with a 2:02:37 course record, the third fastest performance of all time.

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The 35-year-old Kenyan followed it up in October by blasting through the distance’s two-hour barrier with a 1:59:40.2 performance at the Ineos159 Challenge in Vienna.

Kipchoge beat a field of elite athletes, including 1500 Meters world champion Timothy Cheruiyot, World 100m champion Christian Coleman and World 200m champion Noah Lyles, to bag his 2nd consecutive award.

29 year old American, Muhammad, broke the world record in the 400m hurdles twice this year, first with a 52.20 performance at the US Championships in July to eclipse a mark which had stood since 2003.

Muhammad then broke the record again at the World Athletics Championships Doha 2019, clocking 52.16 in one of the championships’ most eagerly-awaited finals to claim the world title for the first time. Muhammad also won world gold in the 4x400m relay and won five of her even races.

Kenya’s marathon world record holder Brigid Kosgei, and world 5000 Meters champion Hellen Obiri, were among those nominated in this category.

 

 

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