World record-breaker Eliud Kipchoge was named the world male athlete of the year at the IAAF Athletics Awards in Monaco on Tuesday evening.
Kipchoge ran his incredible 2:01:39 marathon world record in Berlin in September and that performance followed his victory on the roads of London in April, when he clocked 2:04:17.
The 34-year-old took 78 seconds off the previous record with his time in Germany.
“This award means a lot to me,” said Kipchoge.
“I want to pass my gratitude to my family, my wife and my children – they are my ignition key every morning when I am waking up for training.
“Secondly I want to say thank you to my coach Patrick Sang, and to my management Global Sports Communication as they have exposed my career and I am able now to show to all that if you believe in yourself and work hard, you can achieve more. Finally a huge thank you to my sponsors Nike and NN.”
Courtesy @Athletics Weekly