• Kipchoge, who became the first human to break the sub two hour barrier in the Ineos Challenge in Vinena last month
World marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge bagged the Abbot World marathon major title for the fourth time.
Kipchoge, who became the first human to break the sub two hour barrier in the Ineos Challenge in Vinena last month when he clocked 1:59:40, was awarded the title on Saturday for breaking the world marathon record in Berlin last year when he posted 2:01:39
The reigning Olympic champion’s time of 2:02:37 at the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon is the third fastest time on record, improved only by his own world record and the 2:01:41 run by Kenenisa Bekele at the 2019 BMW Berlin Marathon.
Of the 13 marathons he has run, Kipchoge’s only loss came when he was second behind Wilson Kipsang's world record at the 2013 BMW Berlin Marathon.
In the women's category, Brigid Kosgei went home with the coveted award following her marathon wins in London and Chicago in the past two seasons.
She followed that up with a personal best 2:18:20 in London to become the youngest woman to win the event. 2019 also saw her win the prestigious Peachtree 10km road race in the United States before setting a new world best in the Great North Run half marathon in the UK of 1:04:28.
Since transitioning to the marathon distance in 2015, Kosgei has finished first or second in all but one of her ten 26.2-mile races.