The AIMS Best Marathon Runner 2016 award managed to catch up with winner Eliud Kipchoge in India, after a six-day chase.
Kipchoge was unable to attend the official BMR Award ceremony in Athens on 11th November because he was focused on final preparations for the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon on 20th November.
But within hours of arriving in the Indian capital he attended a pre-race press conference at which the award was presented to him by race organiser Vivek Singh and AIMS secretary Hugh Jones.
The corresponding women’s award was given to Jemima Sumgong at the ceremony in Athens six days earlier.
Awards to both Eliud Kipchoge and Jemima Sumgong as well as former world record holder Haile Gebrselassie were the crowning moments of the annual AIMS gala in Athens.
Their outstanding achievements received global recognition at the fourth annual AIMS Best Marathon Runner’ (BMR) Awards Dinner.
Eliud and Jemima were chosen by an expert panel on behalf of 410 AIMS Members, from more than 110 countries and territories.
While Kipchoge was unable to attend the ceremony and was represented by his manager Jos Hermens, Sumgong received the Best Marathon Runner of the Year award and Gebrselassie was honoured with the AIMS Lifetime Achievement award.