Kenyan marathon sensation Eliud Kipchoge and U.S. hurdler Dalilah Muhammad have been named the 2019 world athletes of the year in track and field.
Kipchoge became the first man to run a sub-two-hour marathon. While this feat was not officially recognized as a world record because he ran on his own, with a rotating group of pacemakers and in strictly controlled conditions, there is no doubt that he is the most dominant marathoner in recent times. Kipchoge’s only competitive race this year was a win at the London Marathon in April.
This was the second consecutive win for Kipchoge as the male athlete of the year award. “I hope I inspire the human race. I’m just really happy to make history. I hope it was a big inspiration to the next generation” Kipchoge told the awards ceremony via video link.
Muhammad won world championship 400-meter hurdles in world record time. She earlier broke the record in July at the U.S. championships.