Congratulations: Eliud Kipchoge named 2018 IAAF Athlete of the Year

Eliud Kipchoge has been crowned the 2018 male athlete of the year at a ceremony held at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco on Tuesday on Tuesday December 4th.

The 34-year-old Kenyan won the London Marathon in April in 2:04:17 to finish comfortably ahead of one of the deepest marathon fields in history.

Five months later, he won the Berlin Marathon in 2:01:39 to smash the world record. His time in the German capital was 78 seconds faster than the previous world record, representing the biggest single improvement on a men’s marathon world record since 1967.

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Kenyans have taken the time to congratulate him and below are some of the comments
Rubén Jácome Cadeza: You are one of the biggest atlhetes of all the time, you are one the proof that Jehová exist!

Nar Van: Congratulations! So glad to hear about this wonderful news. Salute!

Aziz Azzabi: Congratulations Champion and all the best for next year, Not only are you a long-distance runner hero, you are also a master of modesty and a great person

Ruto Nelson: Wow! Congratulations once more Eliud…continue flying kenyas’ flag

Pushpendra Yadav: Keep inspiring the world!

Jassie Santi: Congratulations Eliud Kipchoge ….you deserve it…


Meet the 11 Kenyans who made it into the list of 100 Most Influential Africans

CJ David Maraga, Eliud Kipchoge, Wanjira Mathai, are some of the most influential African in 2018.

For the first time since publishing the list, there is an equal amount of men and women featuring in this year’s one hundred. Although this year’s listing is dominated by entries from Nigeria and Kenya, outstanding personalities from several other African countries are also featured.

The December issue is published with four different covers featuring: Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Ahmed Abiy, arguably Africa’s person of the year; the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize co-winner DR Congo’s Dr Denis Mukwege;  Botswana’s 32-year old Minister of Trade  Investment  Bogolo Joy Kenewendo; and Egypt’s soccer superstar, Mo Salah whose influence goes well beyond football.


In terms of countries, entries are led by Nigeria with 18 names followed by Kenya (11) South Africa (10) Egypt (8) and Ethiopia (7).


“One yardstick which we often employ when coming up with the final list is to emphasise that influence is not about popularity and popularity is not always influential. The influencer’s impact on public, social and political discourse, however, is what largely helps us determine their influence. Most importantly we focus mainly on people who have been influential for Africa’s good,” says reGina Jane Jere – Editor of the magazine’s sister publication – New African Woman, who leads and oversees the 100 Most Influential Africans project.

Kipchoge and Jeptoo win as Kenyans dominate the Chicago Marathon

Kenyans ruled the Chicago Marathon on Sunday, with Eliud Kipchoge leading a 1-2-3 men’s sweep and compatriot Rita Jeptoo repeating as the women’s winner.

Kipchoge pulled away over the last two miles for his first major marathon victory, finishing in 2 hours, 4 minutes, 11 seconds. He was followed by Sammy Kitwara in 2:04:28 and Dickson Chumba in 2:04:32.

Jeptoo was timed in 2:24:35 in winning her fourth straight major marathon. She also captured the 2013-14 World Marathon Majors points championship and took the Boston Marathon in April.

Mare Dibaba of Ethiopia (2:25:37) was second and Florence Kiplagat of Kenya (2:25:57) was third.

The winners earned $100,000. Jeptoo receives an extra $500,000 for winning the series championship.

Ideal conditions — sunny skies and 46-degree temperatures — greeted runners at the start. The men’s pack stayed together for about 20 miles before Kipchoge, Kitwara and Chumba drew away.

Kipchoge and Kitwara were side by side with Chumba right behind after 24 miles. But Kipchoge made it look easy down the stretch. He made a quick burst and was in command as he headed toward the finish at Grant Park.

Jeptoo hasn’t lost a major marathon since she finished second in a sprint to Ethiopia’s Atsede Baysa in the 2012 Chicago Marathon. She smashed the course record to repeat as Boston Marathon champion in the spring and came away with an easy victory in Chicago for the second straight year.

She pulled away after 23 miles, with no one near her at the end. Jeptoo raised her arms as she crossed the line and sank to her knees.

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