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Kenya's Kipchoge, Colombian Ibarguen scoop IAAF awards

AFP  |  Monaco 

Kenyan master and Colombian jumper Caterine Ibarguen won the IAAF men and women's 2018 awards on Tuesday.

set a new world record in in September, smashing the previous best by an incredible 78 seconds as he clocked 2hr 1min 39sec.

The 34-year-old Olympic champion's effort was the largest single improvement on the world record since improved the mark by 2:23 in 1967.

Acclaimed as the greatest of the modern era, has dominated marathon racing since making his debut in in 2013 after a successful track career that saw him win world gold and silver (2003, 2007) in the 5000m and Olympic silver and bronze (2008, 2004) over the same distance.

He has notched up 10 wins from the 11 marathons he has raced, winning three times not only in but also London, with victories in Rio for Olympic gold as well as in Hamburg, and

Ibarguen, also 34, won both horizontal jumps at the Central American and Caribbean Games, the IAAF Cup and at the finals - winning the latter two titles in two different cities within the space of 24 hours.

Sweden's 19-year-old pole vaulter won the men's rising star award after equalling the second best ever vault with 6.05m at the European champs in in August.

"Pole vaulting's a very strange discipline," said Duplantis. "All the stars aligned for that one meet." Handed the award by France's Renaud Lavillenie, the world record holder with a best of 6.16m, Duplantis was in a playful mood.

"I think I can jump higher than you," he said when asked by Lavillenie on how high he could go.

American won the women's rising star award after setting a world junior indoor 400m record of 50.36sec in March.

That was followed up two months later with an outdoor 400m hurdles mark of 52.75sec - a world junior record and the fastest time recorded this year.

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First Published: Wed, December 05 2018. 10:05 IST
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