World marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge and world 3,000m steeplechase record holder Beatrice Chepkoech will highlight the IAAF’s end year Gala where top runners will be rewarded.
The Tuesday night event will also be used by athletics governing body to announce the hosts for the 2021 World Cross Country Championships and 2023 World Championships.
Doha (Qatar) and Eugene (USA) will host the World Championships next year and in 2021
Kipchoge is the frontrunner for the overall 2018 men’s award after his brilliant run at the Berlin Marathon where he lowered the world marathon record with the biggest improvement in time.
His new mark 2:01.39 was more than a minute faster than the previous record held by compatriot Dennis Kimetto.
The Olympic games marathon champion won the 2018 London and will face US world indoor 60m record holder Christian Coleman, Sweden’s pole vault European champion Armand Duplantis, France’s decathlon world record holder Kevin Mayer and Qatari hurdler Abderrahman Samba.
Chepkoech, who improved the world steeplechase record by eight seconds, running 8:44:32 at the Monaco Diamond League meeting in July, comes up against British sprinter Dina Asher-Smith, Colombian jumper Caterine Ibarguen, sprinter Shauane Miller-Uibo of The Bahamas and Belgian heptathlete Nafissatou Thiam.
Also lined up is the IAAF Rising Star award for top juniors with Kenya’s World Under-20 Championships steeplechase gold medallist Celliphine Chespol and 10,000m world under-20 champion Rhonex Kipruto among the nominees in the girls’ and boys’ categories, respectively.
The “Photo of the Year” award will also be dished out with European photographers Felix Sanchez Arrazola, John Sibley, Morgan Treacy and Micheal Steele making the shortlist.
Additional Information: Daily Nation