Kipsang to face Kiprotich for best marathon runner award
25 October 2013, 15:08
Nairobi - World marathon record holder Wilson Kipsang is on the cusp of clinching another title barely two months after winning in Berlin.
This time round, the Berlin marathon champion will not be required to run, as together with other two Kenyans and one Uganda, will be battling it out for the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) Best Marathon Runner (BMR) of the year Award.
The quartet of contenders is stacked with talent. They are Olympic and World Champion Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda and Wilson Kipsang on the men's side and Edna Kiplagat, the women world marathon champion and Priscah Jeptoo, winner in London and Olympic silver medallist.
This year's award will be presented in Athens to a male and a female athlete for the first time on Nov. 8.
"Well my season is over and I am happy with what I have achieved this year. But it always feels nice when some other people recognise your effort and work. It motivates you to go out next time and do more. Hopefully, what I have done this season will be enough to secure me this title," said Kipsang.
The award's announcement will form the crowning moment of a gala to be staged by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races in cooperation with the Hellenic Athletics Federation (SEGAS) in Athens to honour the winners.
This will take place two days before the Athens Classic Marathon, which will be staged by SEGAS on Nov. 10, a race that has attracted over 30,000 participants.
After the Berlin Marathon, the AIMS Executive Board nominated candidates for this inaugural award. Board members have taken into account performances over the past 12 months from October 2012 to September.
This means that with only Kipsang, not on the list of competitors heading to New York Marathon on Nov. 3, the trio can relax and focus on their race and come back later to Athens for the award a week after their run.
Kiprotich, Kiplagat and Jeptoo are all in contention for the World Marathon Majors crown, which comes with a 1 million U.S. dollars divided between the male and female winners on Nov. 4 in New York.
With the candidates now confirmed, every AIMS member race has one vote to determine the winner. There are currently more than 350 AIMS member races.