As expected, World marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge was Friday named the 2018 Sportsman of the Year after beating a strong field of six competitors at the Safaricom Sports Personality of the Year awards (Soya) awards held at Fort Jesus in Mombasa.
Kipchoge hit headlines in the world when he shattered the world record to time 2:01:39 after winning the 2018 Berlin Marathon.
The Olympic Marathon champion started the year strongly with victory at the London Marathon in 2:04:17 seconds on April 22, which was the 15th fastest time over the distance.
Then Kipchoge went for Berlin Marathon victory where he shattered the World marathon record by shaving off one minute and 18 seconds to set a new world record time of 2:01:39 in September 16 the German capital.
On his way to setting a new world record and his third Berlin Marathon title, Kipchoge also broke the 30km World Record, setting new times of 1:26:45.
Those accomplishment saw him declared the 2018 IAAF Male Athlete of the Year.
To win the coveted local gong, Kipchoge beat Commonwealth Games gold medallist Elijah Manang’oi and Kenya Sevens rugby player Willy Ambaka to the second and third position in the sportsman category.
World 3,000m steeplechase record holder Beatrice Chepkoech was voted best in the women’s category ahead of world 5,000m champion Hellen Obiri and Kenya Lionesses star Janet Okello.