Kipchoge, Muhammad named world athletes of year


Berlin Marathon world record holder Eliud Kipchoge and 400-metre hurdles record holder Dalilah Muhammad have been named male and female World Athletes of the Year at the World Athletics Awards.

In October, Kipchoge, 35, became the first athlete to run a sub two-hour marathon in Vienna.

His time of one hour, 59 minutes and 40.2 seconds was a historic landmark in athletics but did not count as a world record as the Kenyan did not run in open competition but on a specially designed course using 41 pacemakers.

The feat came just months after his victory at the London Marathon in April.

Muhammad, 29, broke the world record in the 400m hurdles twice this year, first with a 52.20 performance at the US Championships in July to eclipse a mark that had stood since 2003. 

She broke it again at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, clocking 52.16, in one of the most eagerly-awaited finals, to claim the world title for the first time.

Muhammad also claimed world gold in the 4x400m relay and won five of her seven races.

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