Eliud Kipchoge, the first man to run the marathon in under two hours, and Dalilah Muhammad, who twice broke the world 400 metres hurdles record in a year that saw her become world champion, have been named the respective male and female athletes of the year at the World Athletics Awards here.
Eliud Kipchoge, who became the first man to run a marathon in under two hours last month, is among five finalists for the 2019 Male World Athlete of the Year award.
Mike Rowbottom: Kipchoge's marathon challenge was misguided, but he still deserves to be IAAF World Athlete of the Year
If the law of averages is anything to go by, the male winner of the World Athlete of the Year award later this month will be from the United States, given that it has five of the ten nominees.
How will the first man to run a sub two-hour marathon in a normal race feel, I wonder? Will they be glad that Eliud Kipchoge, with a little help from his friends. broke that landmark time? Or will they feel strangely robbed? Will their moment of foot-racing history become, effectively, a footnote?
Eliud Kipchoge achieved a historic breakthrough today - although not an official world record – as he became the first man to better two hours for the marathon distance, clocking a time of 1 hour 59min 40.2sec.
Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge, who is seeking to run the first sub-two-hour marathon tomorrow in Vienna, has likened his quest to becoming "the first man on the moon".
National Olympic Committee of Kenya secretary general Francis Mutuku has praised marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge, ahead of his attempt to run a sub-two hour marathon in Vienna this weekend.
World record holder Eliud Kipchoge has been crowned the winner of the overall men's Abbott World Marathon Majors title for a fourth time.
A predicted one million spectators are expected to line the course for tomorrow's BMW Berlin Marathon, which has a reputation for fast times.