World marathon record holder, Dennis Kimetto narrowly missed out world athlete of the year category, in a gala held last night at Monaco. Valerie Adams and Renaud Lavillenie have been named as the World Athletes of the Year at the World Athletics Gala in Monaco.
It is the first time that two field athletes have received the honour in the same year, with shot putter Adams and pole vaulter Lavillenie both present at the Chapiteau de Fontvieille to pick up their trophies.
Adams, who in 2014 extended her unbeaten streak to 56 competitions winning another world indoor title and Commonwealth gold along the way, is the first female thrower to have been named World Athlete of the Year. She is also the first athlete from New Zealand to receive the award.
The 30-year-old had been named as a finalist four times and was last year beaten by Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce as the winner’s fellow Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt picked up the men’s prize.