Kenyan Olympic Champion Eliot Kipchoge has been crowned World Male Athlete of the year. He swept the coveted title at this year’s World Athletics Award held at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco.

This is the second time Kipchoge clinched the title, having won same last year, boosting his credentials as one of the world’s most celebrated athletic maestro.

In October this year, he made history as the first athlete to run a marathon under two hours by finishing a course around the Prater Park in Vienna in one hour, 59 minutes and 40 seconds. Earlier in April at the London Marathon, he clinched his fourth victory by finishing with a course record of 2:02:37.

Commenting on his achievement, Kipchoge said he is “proud to be named Male Athlete of the Year again. It was truly a historic year.”

Meanwhile, American track and field star Dalilah Muhammad has also been adjudged World Female Athlete of the year. The 29-year-old broke the world record in the 400m hurdles twice this year, first with a 52.20 performance at the US Championships. The American star broke it again at the World Athletics Championships Doha 2019, clocking 52.16 to claim the world title for the first time. Muhammad also won world gold in the 4x400m relay and won five of her seven races.