Marathon man Kipchoge, hurdler Muhammad world athletes of 12 months

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Athletics – World Athletics Awards 2019 – Monte Carlo, Monaco – November 23, 2019 The World 400m hurdles champion Dalilah Muhammad of the U.S. wins the Feminine Athlete of the 12 months Award Information/Eric Gaillard

(Information) – Kenya’s marathon sub-two hour man Eliud Kipchoge and American 400m hurdles world file holder Dalilah Muhammad had been named World Athletics athletes of the 12 months on Saturday.

Their titles had been introduced on the annual awards ceremony of the game’s governing physique in Monaco.

Kipchoge retained the award due to his barrier-busting marathon in Vienna in October.

The Kenyan Olympic champion clocked one hour, 59 minutes and 40 seconds over the 42.2km distance, although the file is unofficial as a result of he used rotating pacemakers.

“I’m blissful to be the primary human being to run underneath two hours,” stated Kipchoge, who additionally holds the official world file of two:01:39.

Muhammad, in the meantime, broke her personal world mark of 52.16 seconds in profitable her speciality on the world championships in Doha in October.

“It’s been a tremendous 12 months,” stated the 29-year-old. “It’s been a troublesome 12 months and it’s simply come dwelling excellently. I by no means imagined coming dwelling with this.”

Muhammad is aiming to defend her Olympic 400m hurdles title subsequent 12 months in Tokyo.

Requested how she would take care of the stress, Muhammad stated: “I believe the stress comes together with the game. (In) Tokyo I’ll be capable to deal with it.”

Reporting by Andrew Each in Cary, North Carolina; Modifying by Ken Ferris