Eliud Kipchoge and Dalilah Muhammad named athletes of the year
Eliud Kipchoge and Dalilah Muhammad have been named World Athletics’ female and male athletes of the year.
Before becoming the first athlete to run a marathon in under 2 hours, kenya’s Kipchoge won the London Marathon for a fourth period in April.
He also covered the 26.2 miles (42.2km) in one hour 59 minutes 40 minutes in the Ineos 1:59 Challenge in October.
Muhammad, 29, won World Championship 400m hurdles gold in Doha having broken the world record this season.
The American, who won the Olympic title at Rio 2016, said:”It’s been an awesome year. It’s been a year but I am so grateful. I never envisioned ending this year like this.”
Kipchoge, who won the men athlete of the year award for the second successive year, said”I hope that I inspire the entire race. I am just pleased to make history. I expect it was a large inspiration to the next generation.”
Ethiopia’s world 5,000m silver medallist Selemon Barega was called man rising celebrity while Ukraine’s Yaroslava Mahuchikh, that won high jump silver using a globe Under-20 listing of 2.04m Doha, won the female award.