Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge wins UN Person of the Year

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Eliud Kipchoge
Image caption: Eliud Kipchoge made history in September

World marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge has been named as the UN Person of the Year by the United Nations team in Kenya.

The 33-year-old Kenyan set a new marathon record in September with a time of two hours one minute 39 seconds in Berlin.

He took nearly one minute 20 seconds off the previous best.

He has been recognised for his “extraordinary sports performances, his work on HIV/Aids in Kenya, his endurance, his courage” which embody the ideals of the UN, Unesco tweeted.

Those in the audience at the UN headquarters in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, have also been tweeting from the ceremony:

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Emad Karim@emadkarim

The @UNAfrica is proud to recognize ELIUD KIPCHOGE, an extraordinary Kenyan who has broken every marathon record, as Person of the Year, for his accomplishments involving initiative, integrity, human endurance, courage and raising awernwss of / .

Mickreen adhyambo@Adhyambo_mickey

“I will be responsible and will continue to support the youth and be an inspiration, Happy birthday @UN@EliudKipchoge as he is awarded the UN person of the year for championing the awareness of HIV/AIDS even through sports. We celebrate you. @unwomenafrica @UN4Youth

Patricia A. O@PatriciaAtien20


United Nations person of the year Eliud Kipchoge

Kipchoge has won the Berlin Marathon and the London Marathon three times each, and holds the record for each course.

Read more: The stats behind Kipchoge’s world record

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