Eliud Kipchoge, the renowned Kenyan marathon runner, emerges victorious at Asturias Sports Awards 2023 in Spain.

Kenyan marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge has been named the winner of the 2023 Sports Princess of Asturias award, according to the Spanish foundation responsible for the awards. Kipchoge, who is 38 years old, has won Olympic marathon gold medals in both 2016 and 2020, and he was also the 2003 World 5,000m winner. He is widely regarded as “a legend in world athletics and the greatest marathon runner of all time,” according to the foundation’s jury.

In its statement, the foundation emphasized that Kipchoge is known for being a “philosopher” who is highly strategic in his approach to running. He has won four major marathons a total of ten times, including four victories each in London and Berlin. Kipchoge is currently the Olympic marathon champion and the world record holder in the event with a time of 2:01:09, which he achieved in Berlin last year – breaking his own previous record by 30 seconds.

In a statement released by the Foundation after the announcement, Kipchoge expressed his gratitude for receiving the award, saying that it was an “absolute honor.” He added, “I can leave a legacy in the world through running because the world of running is a more peaceful, happier, and healthier world.”

Kipchoge is the only athlete in history to run a marathon in less than two hours. However, the time of 1:59:40 he achieved in Vienna in 2019 is not officially recognized, as the race was designed to make use of outside assistance. The Sports Princess of Asturias award comes with a prize of €50,000 ($54,000), and it is one of eight prizes awarded by the foundation each year to outstanding performers in fields such as art, communication, scientific research, and literature.

Last year’s Sports Princess of Asturias award went to the Olympic Refugee Foundation and the Olympic Refugee Team. The award ceremony is held annually each fall in Oviedo, a city in northern Spain, and is considered one of the most important awards in the Spanish-speaking world.

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