Kosgei, Kipchoge among finalists for Athletes of the Year Award

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LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 28: Brigid Kosgei of Kenya celebrates winning the Women's Elite race during the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon in the United Kingdom on April 28, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)
FILE PHOTO:Brigid Kosgei of Kenya celebrates winning the Women’s Elite race during the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon in the United Kingdom on April 28, 2019 in London, England./Getty Images

Kenya’s marathon world record holder Brigid Kosgei is among five finalists for the Female Athlete of the Year award after the sport’s governing body, World Athletics, (formerly the International Associations of Athletics (IAAF) trimmed the initial list of 11 nominees.

Kosgei broke the 16 year old world record initially held by Briton Paula Radcliffe during the  Chicago Marathon in October this year by clocking two hours, 14 minutes and four seconds.

American Dalilah Muhammad, who broke her own 400m hurdles world record to claim gold at the world championships, is also among the finalists announced on Tuesday alongside Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Venezuelan Yulimar Rojas and the Netherlands’ Sifan Hassan.

Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge, who became the first athlete to run a marathon in under two hours in an unofficial event in Vienna last month, is among the five finalists named for the male athlete of the year award. He is joined by Americans Sam Kendricks and Noah Lyles, Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei and Norwegian hurdler Karsten Warholm.

The winners will be announced at the World Athletics Awards 2019 in Monaco on November 23.

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