Eliud Kipchoge voted BBC Sports Personality's World Sport Star of the Year

By Japheth Ogila: Sunday, December 15th 2019 at 17:51 GMT +3 | Athletics

Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge (white jersey) celebrates after crossing the finish line at the end of his attempt to bust the mythical two-hour barrier for the marathon on October 12, 2019, in Vienna, Austria. [File, Standard]

World Marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge has been voted 2019 BBC Sports Personality's World Sport Star of the Year.

The award follows his October 12 exploits where he ran a marathon under two hours hitting the record chart as the first-ever runner to do so.

The 35-year completed 26.2 miles (42.2km) in one hour 59 minutes 40 seconds in the Ineos 1:59 Challenge in Vienna, Austria.

The award comes after President Uhuru Kenyatta honoured him with the Elder of the Order of Golden Heart (EGH) award back in October 20, 2019, during Madaraka Day celebrations in Mombasa.

Six months prior to the Ineos challenge, Kipchoge won the London Marathon for a fourth time.

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Kipchoge, who won Olympic gold at Rio 2016, broke his own London Marathon record - set in 2016 - by 28 seconds.

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