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Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge, crowned Athlete of the Year

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Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, world marathon record holder, was named Best Athlete of the Year by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

World record marathon (2h1'39 ''), Eliud Kipchoge, 34, was preferred to the French Kevin Mayer, world record holder of the decathlon (9126 points).

The victory of Kenyan is explained by a faultless season, but also for a career that makes him arguably the greatest marathoner in history.

Colombia's Caterine Ibargüen, 34, victorious in length and triple jump in the Diamond League final won the women's trophy.

Swede Armand Duplantis (Perche) was voted the rising star of the year for men. American Sydney McLaughlin (400m hurdles) was named a rising star of the year in the women's category. The IAAF President's Award, recognizing one person for his contribution to athletics, was awarded to Switzerland's Andreas Brügger, who made the Zurich meeting the largest in the world.