No one was surprised when Eliud Kipchoge was pronounced the 2018 IAAF Athlete of the Year in Monaco this afternoon.
Kipchoge set a new marathon world record at the Berlin Marathon in September, running 2:01:39, more than a minute faster than Dennis Kimetto’s previous record of 2:02:57. Kipchoge’s fellow finalists included sprinter Christian Coleman, hurdler Abderrahman Samba, and decathlete Kevin Mayer, and though Mayer also set a world record (and on the same day as Kipchoge’s) few doubted the Kenyan would win.
A very special moment with my coach Patrick Sang after our world record in Berlin one month ago. pic.twitter.com/gbmzQ2I0Wx
— Eliud Kipchoge (@EliudKipchoge) October 16, 2018
The female athlete of the year is Olympic and world champion in the triple jump Caterine Ibarguen of Colombia. Ibarguen finished the 2018 season undefeated, with a world-leading 14.96m in the triple jump and a national record of 6.93 in the long jump.
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The female category was controversial this year, on account of runner Caster Semenya of South Africa not being named to the list of finalists, alongside names like Dina Asher-Smith and Shaunae Miller-Uibo. Pundits speculated it was because of the ongoing controversy over her testosterone levels.