Eliud Kipchoge has been named the world's Male Athlete of the Year. He holds this title for the second consecutive year.
Kipchoge is a Kenyan long-distance runner. He won the London Marathon for the fourth time in April before going down in the annals of history as the first athlete to run a marathon in under two hours in the INEOS 1:59 challenge in October where he crossed the finish line at 1:59:40, 10 seconds earlier than his projected time.
Echoing his sentiments when he broke the two-hour barrier, Kipchoge said, "I hope I inspire the human race. I'm just really happy to make history. I hope it was a big inspiration to the next generation."
American track and field athlete Dalilah Muhammad was named the world's Female Athlete of the Year. She won the 400m gold in Doha having broken the world record twice this year.
Selemon Barega (Ethiopia) was named as the Male Rising Star and Yaroslava Mahuchikh (Ukraine) was named as the Female Rising Star. The coaching achievement award went to Brother Colm O Connel.
The athletes were crowned at the annual World Athletics Gala held Saturday in Monaco, France.