By Staff Writer, écoute moi
Olympic marathon champion and world marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge has been voted BBC Sports Personality’s World Sport Star of the Year. The legendary Kenyan long-distance runner became the first person to run a marathon in less than two hours in the Austrian capital on Saturday. in October completing the 26.2 miles (42.2km) in one hour 59 minutes 40 seconds at the Ineos 1:59 Challenge in Vienna, Austria.
Six months prior to his win, Kipchoge was victorious for the fourth time at the London Marathon.
In 2016 at Rio Olympics, he made history by breaking his own London Marathon record which was by28 seconds and bagged himself a gold .
Topping an online public vote, the legendary marathon runner beat off competition from American gymnast Simone Biles, South Africa’s Rugby World Cup-winning captain Siya Kolisi, Australian cricketer Steve Smith, American golfer Tiger Woods and USA footballer Megan Rapinoe, who co-led her team to World Cup victory again this summer.
Italian golfer Francesco Molinari who was previous year’s champion, had also achieved Open Championship in 2018 and all five of his Ryder Cup matches the event in Paris.
Last month, Kipchoge won the 2019 World Athletics Male Athlete of the year beating World Cross Country and World 10,000m champion Joshua Cheptegei from Uganda, World 200m champion Noah Lyles (USA), World 400m hurdles champion Karsten Warholm (Norway) and World pole vault champion Sam Kendricks (USA).