Eliud Kipchoge named world IAAF Male athlete of the year
Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge has been named the IAAF Male athlete of the year to become only the second Kenyan to win the prestigious global award after David Rudisha.
Kipchoge beat a strong field of elite athletes during the annual awards gala held in Monaco on Tuesday to cap his illustrious season that saw him break the world marathon record in Berlin.
Ahead of the world record in Berlin , Kipchoge had also won the London Marathon in April after clocking 2:04:17.In Berlin he smashed the standing world record after posting 2:01.39
Colombian triple jumper Caterine Ibarguen won the women athlete of the year beating Kenyan steeplechase queen Beatrice Chepkoech, Shaunae Miller-Uibo (BAH), Nafissatou Thiam (BEL) and Dina Asher-Smith (GBR).
Speaking after receiving the award in Monaco , Kipchoge noted that , "I am happy to be here after the historic run in Berlin. This award means a lot to me."
Other finalists in the male athlete of the year list included: Christian Coleman (USA), Armand Duplantis (SWE), Kevin Mayer (FRA) and Abderrahman Samba (QAT).