World marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge has been named UN Person of the Year.
Kipchoge was awarded by the United Nations office in Nairobi on Wednesday by Foreign Affairs CS Monica Juma.
He was awarded
for his extraordinary performances, his work on HIV/AIDS in Kenya, and
his endurance and courage.
Juma said he was awarded for his athletic heroism and determination to advance the spirit of sports.
was feted as the United Nations celebrated
its 73rd anniversary.
The Dutch Embassy was among the first to laud Kipchoge.
“The embassy congratulates marathon runner and world record holder Kipchoge
on winning the UN in Kenya Person of the Year award for his work on combating HIV/AIDS.”
On Tuesday, Kipchoge was nominated for the 2018 IAAF Male Athlete of the Year award amongst other athletes.
The 10 nominees were selected by an international panel of athletics experts, comprising representatives from all six continental areas of the IAAF.