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Kipchoge, Ibarguen named IAAF Athletes of the Year

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Kenyan runner and Colombian long jumper were named of Federations (IAAF) Male and Female of the Year at the federation's end of year award ceremony here.

won the Berlin in 2:01:39 in September, improving the previous world record by 1 minute and 18 seconds, the biggest single improvement in a men's world record since 1967, reports

On the women's side, Ibarguen added a dominant performance in the to her already impressive displays. The Colombian won both the and titles at the finals. She was unbeaten in all eight of her competitions, ending the year with a world-leading mark of 14.96m.

"I'm struggling to stand up because I'm shaking so much," said Ibarguen on Tuesday, who also expressed her gratitude to all of her fans.

Sweden's Armand Duplantis, who set a stunning world U-20 record of 6.05m in the to win the senior European title, unsurprisingly claimed the Male Rising Star of the Year, while American triumphed in the women's category.

"How high can you go? Is my world record safe?" Frenchman Renaud Lavillenie, the world indoor record holder and one of the ceremony hosts, asked Duplantis.

"I think I can jump higher than you," the Swedish star responded in a confident mood.

Switzerland's 91-year-old won the President's Award this year. belonged to Evelyn Claudio Lopez, as the Puerto Rican has dedicated her life to promoting the cause of women's

The Coaching Achievement Award went to the distance for his 50-year coaching career, while won the Photograph of the Year award.

A host of athletes who broke world records in 2018, including Chinese Liang Rui, appeared on stage to receive their accolades. According to the IAAF, so far in 2018 there have been 10 ratified senior world records and 10 ratified world U-20 records in total.



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First Published: Wed, December 05 2018. 14:50 IST