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IAAF athlete of the year awards given to Eliud Kipchoge, Caterine Ibarguen

Marathon world-record holder Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya and Colombian long jumper Caterine Ibarguen won the IAAF athletes of the year awards Tuesday.

Kenyan Kipchoge shaved 78 seconds off marathon world record

Eliud Kipchoge celebrates winning the 45th Berlin Marathon in September, setting a new world record in 2 hours 1 minute 39 seconds. (Markus Schreiber/The Associated Press)

Marathon world-record holder Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya and Colombian long jumper Caterine Ibarguen won the IAAF athletes of the year awards Tuesday.

Kipchoge, 34, clocked 2 hours, 1 minute, 39 seconds at the Berlin Marathon in September, shaving a whopping 78 seconds off the previous world record set in the German capital in 2014 by fellow Kenyan Dennis Kimetto.

Kipchoge also won a third London Marathon victory in April.

Eliud Kipchoge's marathon world record almost defies running logic:

The Kenyan broke the record by the largest margin since 1967. 3:01

Ibarguen dominated women's jumping this year, winning the long and triple jumps at the Central American and Caribbean Games, the IAAF Continental Cup and at the IAAF Diamond League finals.

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