Kenyan living legend Eliud Kipchoge made history this past weekend by running the first-ever sub-two-hour marathon in a time of 1hr 59min 40sec. Now the world is about to reward him for his achievement.
Kipchoge just got nominated for the 2019 IAAF Athlete of the Year, whose awards gala will be held next month. He bagged the award last year.
He holds the world marathon record of 2:01:39, clocked at the 2019 Berlin Marathon and also won the London Marathon in April this year by posting a course record time of 2:02:37.
Kipchoge will be joined by world 1,500m champion Timothy Cheruiyot, who is also the two-time Diamond League trophy winner over his specialty.
A three-way voting process will determine the finalists.
The IAAF Council and the IAAF Family will cast their votes by email, while fans can vote online via the IAAF’s social media platforms. The IAAF Council’s vote will count for 50% of the result, while the IAAF Family’s votes and the public votes will each count for 25% of the final result.
Voting for the Male World Athlete of the Year closes on November 4. At the conclusion of the voting process, five men and five women finalists will be announced by the IAAF.