Marathon king­pin wins top award

The Citizen (KZN) - - Sport - Monaco

– Kenya’s marathon subtwo hour man Eliud Kip­choge (right) and Amer­i­can 400m hur­dles world record holder Dalilah Muham­mad were named World Ath­let­ics ath­letes of the year on Satur­day.

Their ti­tles were an­nounced at the an­nual awards cer­e­mony of the sport’s gov­ern­ing body in Monaco.

Kip­choge re­tained the award thanks to his bar­rier-busting marathon in Vi­enna in Oc­to­ber.

The Kenyan Olympic cham­pion clocked one hour, 59 min­utes and 40 sec­onds over the 42.2km dis­tance, though the record is un­of­fi­cial be­cause he used ro­tat­ing pace­mak­ers.

“I’m happy to be the first hu­man be­ing to run un­der two hours,” said Kip­choge, who also holds the of­fi­cial world record of 2:01:39.

Muham­mad,mean­while broke her own world mark of 52.16 sec­onds in win­ning her spe­cial­ity at the world cham­pi­onships in Doha in Oc­to­ber.

“It’s been an amaz­ing year,” said the 29-year-old. “It’s come home ex­cel­lently. I never imag­ined com­ing home with this.”

Muham­mad is aim­ing to de­fend her Olympic 400m hur­dles ti­tle next year in Tokyo. “The pres­sure comes along with the sport. I’ll han­dle it,” she said. Reuters

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