Kipchoge, Ibarguen named IAAF athletes of the year

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Athletics - IAAF Athletics Awards - The Grimaldi Forum, Monaco - December 4, 2018 Female athlete of the year Caterine Ibarguen and Male athlete of the year Eliud Kipchoge pose for a photo with their awards alongside IAAF President Sebastian Coe and Prince Albert II of Monaco REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Olympic champion and world marathon record holder, Eliud Kipchoge, crowned his memorable 2018 season by becoming the second Kenyan to be crowned the IAAF Male Athlete of the Year.

Athletics – IAAF Athletics Awards – The Grimaldi Forum, Monaco – December 4, 2018 Female athlete of the year Caterine Ibarguen and Male athlete of the year Eliud Kipchoge pose for a photo with their awards alongside IAAF President Sebastian Coe and Prince Albert II of Monaco REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

The world marathon record holder becomes the second Kenyan in history of the annual fete to win the top recognition in cementing his status as the greatest of all time following his jaw-dropping performance at the Berlin Marathon setting a new record of 2:01:39.

Kipchoge’s performance marked the biggest improvement in the marathon record since Australian Derek Clayton took almost two and a half minutes off the mark in 1967.

The 34-year-old Kenyan also won the London Marathon in 2018.

The queen of parallel jumps, Catherine Ibaguen was named the IAAF Female Athlete of the Year.

Ibarguen, the Olympic champion in the triple jump, was undefeated in eight finals in the event. Her triple jump of 14.96 metres in Rabat was the longest in the world in 2018.