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Kenya: Kevin Kiptum Seems to Be the 3rd Kenyan to Win International Athletics Award

Nairobi — Kelvin Kiptum’s big name continues to polish because the 23-year previous Kenyan used to be drafted within the initial checklist of eleven nominated for the International Athletics ‘Male Athlete of the 12 months’ award, only some days after his crushing run to set a brand new marathon global report in Chicago.

Kiptum was the primary guy to ever run a marathon in below 2:01 when he clocked 2:00:35 in successful the Chicago Marathon, clearing 34 seconds off the former global report held via Eliud Kipchoge.

This used to be his 3rd occupation marathon victory, having gained his debut in Valencia final 12 months when he clocked the quickest ever debut recorded, and adopted that up with victory within the London Marathon previous this 12 months.

For the award, Kiptum will glance to turn into handiest the 3rd Kenya to win it. Kipchoge gained it again to again in 2018 and 2019 within the backdrop of each his Ineos 1:59 run in addition to his global report on the Berlin Marathon.

David Rudisha, the 800m global report holder used to be the primary Kenyan to ever win it when he clinched the crown in 2010.

However to clinch the award, Kiptum will face off stiff festival. American Noah Lyles who clinched 3 gold medals on the International Championships in Budapest is noticed because the entrance runner, having gained the 100m and 200m double prior to including at the 4x100m relay gold with Group USA.

Lyles used to be additionally undefeated final season in six 200m races.

Every other athlete best at the checklist to bag the award is Swedish Pole Vaulter Mondo Duplantis who broke the sector report this season as he gained the Diamond Trophy. He additionally clinched the sector identify.

Different athletes to be nominated for the award come with Indian Javelin big name Neeraj Chopra (global and Asian Champion), American shot putter Ryan Crouser (International champion, global report holder), Moroccan steeplechaser Sofiane El Bakkali who used to be undefeated in six finals and likewise clincged the sector identify, Norwegian Jakob Ingebrigtsen (5,000m global champion, 1500m global silver medalist, Ecu data for 1500m, mile and 3000m), Canadian decathlete Pierce LePage, Spanish race walker Alvaro Martin (International 20km and 35km race stroll champion, International chief 20km race stroll), Greek lengthy jumper Miltiadis Tentoglou in addition to Norwegian Karsten Warholm (International 400m hurdles champion, Ecu indoor 400m champion).