Double Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge was this year’s Princess of Asturias Award at a colorful ceremony held on Friday, October 20, in Oviedo, Spain.
The ceremony which was presided over by Spain’s Royal Family as he was also awarded €50 000 (kshs 7,818,501), diploma, sculpture and pin.
Speaking after receiving the award, the first man to run under the 2:00 barrier said, “Receiving the Princess of Asturias Award tonight fulfills me with honor, as it’s an acknowledgement for something that I’ve believed in thoroughly throughout my career”.
The four time Berlin marathon winner said, “To some, running is simply an act of physical movement. But ever since I started running as a young boy in Kapsabet, Kenya, I knew running meant something much greater than that”.
Kipchoge’s world record time of 2:01.25 was smashed at the 2023 Chicago Marathon by his compatriot Kelvin Kiptum who became the first man in history to run under the 2:01 mark when he took off 34 seconds from Kipchoge’s record with a new World Record time of 2:00.35.