Eliud Kipchoge named world athletes of the year

Record-breaker Eliud Kipchoge has been named the World Athletics athletes of the year on Saturday evening in Monaco France.

Eliud Kipchoge poses with his accolade (Photo/Courtesy)

Kipchoge bags the accolade the second year in a row since Usain Bolt in 2012 and 2013. Kipchoge then lowered the marathon world record by 78 seconds in 2018.

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All was not enough for Eliud, as he became the first person to break two hours in a marathon on Oct. 12 in a non-record-eligible event a feat he achieved at the INEOS challenge in Vienna, Austria where he ran 1:59:40

The other male finalists were Ugandan distance runner Joshua Cheptegei, American pole vaulter Sam Kendricks and sprinter Noah Lyles and Norwegian hurdler Karsten Warholm. World Athletics is track and field’s international governing body, rebranded from IAAF this year.