Laureus Sports Awards 2019: Eliud Kipchoge Feted for Exceptional Achievement
Kenyan marathoner Eliud Kipchoge has added another feather to his cap after bagging the Exceptional Sports Achievement Award in the 2019 Laureus World Sports Awards held in Monaco on Monday.
The marathon world record holder was feted for his performance in the long-distance race where he broke the previous record by 78 seconds.
Admitting he was nervous, the world champion thanked his fans who supported him on all his social media platforms and those who love the sport.
"A sporting world is a peaceful world, a running world is a healthy world which is a wealthy and enjoyable world," he stated while receiving his award.
Kipchoge had also been nominated for the Sportsman of the Year Award which was won by Serbian professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 1 Novak Djokovic.
American artistic gymnast Simone Biles was named the Sportswoman of the Year while Comeback of the Year went to Golfer Tiger Woods.
Also feted were Naomi Osaka (Breakthrough of the Year), Henrieta Farkkašová (Sportsperson of the year With a Disability), Chloe Kim (Action Sportsperson of the Year), France World Cup Team (Team of the Year), Xia Boyu (Sporting Moment of the Year), Lindsey Vonn (Spirit for Sport Award) while the Lifetime Achievement Award went to former Arsenal coach Arsène Wenger.
Since 2000, the Laureus World Sports Awards has honoured the greatest achievements and individuals from across the sporting landscape and celebrate the power of sport to change the world.
The contenders are nominated by the world’s media, with the winners selected by legends of global sporting who are members of the Laureus World Sports Academy.
During the 15th edition of the Sports Personality of the Year Awards (Soya) on January 11, Kipchoge was named the 2018 Sportsman of the Year at Fort Jesus in Mombasa.
In September 2018, he redefined the impossible by showing how far and how fast the human body could be pushed by winning the Berlin marathon in a world record of 2:01:39.
In doing so, he shattered the world record by 1 minute and 18 seconds.
On December 4, Kipchoge was named the 2018 IAAF Male Athlete of the Year at a colorful ceremony in Monaco.
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