Kip­choge scoops IAAF men’s award

The Phnom Penh Post - - SPORT -

KENYAN marathon master Eliud Kip­choge and Colom­bian jumper Ca­ter­ine Ibar­guen won the IAAF men and women’s 2018 awards on Tues­day.

Kip­choge set a new marathon world record in Berlin in Septem­ber, smash­ing the pre­vi­ous best by an in­cred­i­ble 78 sec­onds as he clocked 2hr 1min 39sec. The 34-year-old Olympic cham­pion’s ef­fort was the largest sin­gle im­prove­ment on the marathon world record since Derek Clay­ton im­proved the mark by 2:23 in 1967.

Ac­claimed as the great­est marathon run­ner of the modern era, Kip­choge has dom­i­nated marathon rac­ing since mak­ing his de­but in Ham­burg in 2013 af­ter a suc­cess­ful track ca­reer that saw him win world gold and sil­ver (2003, 2007) in the 5000m and Olympic sil­ver and bronze (2008, 2004) over the same dis­tance.

He has notched up 10 wins from 11, win­ning three times not only in Berlin but also Lon­don, with vic­to­ries in Rio for Olympic gold as well as in Ham­burg, Rot­ter­dam and Chicago.

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