Kenya—Olympic legends Eliud Kipchoge and mijain Lopez were among the winners at the seventh edition of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) Awards.
Recording-breaking Kipchoge was crowned the best male athlete of the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Olympic games after the Kenyan retained his Olympic marathon title.
He repeated his Rio 2016 triumph on the final days of the games by clocking 2 hopers, 8min and 38sec, becoming just the third man to successfully defended the marathon’s title.
Ethiopia’s Abebe Bikila, the Rome 1960 and Tokyo 1964 champion, and East German Waldamar Cierpinski, who won at Montreal 1976 and Moscow 1980 were the only other two to achieve the feat.
Kipchoge’s margin of victory of 80 seconds was the biggest in an Olympic marathon since Frank Shorer’s win at Munich in 1972.
The best female athlete of Tokyo 2020 was presented to Canada’s Margret MacNeil one of the swimming stars of the games.
MacNeil won three medals at the games, including a memorable victory in the women’s 100 metres butterfly event where she came from seventh place at the halfway mark to eventually clinch gold.
Lopez was recognized for his distinguished Olympic career by reclaiming the Outstanding Athlete performances prize.
The Cuban wrestler claimed his fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal at Tokyo 2020, triumphing in the men’s 130 kilograms Greco-Roman event.
Lopez is one of a select group to win medals at four straight games.
The ceremony was opened with an award presented to Estonia’s women’s fenci9ng team epee squad, who were named winners of the best female multiple Athlete Even of Tokyo 2020.
Italy’s Simone Consonni, Filippo Ganna, Francessoc Lamon, and Jonathan Milana won the men’s award following team pursuit success at the Izu Velodrome.