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ELIUD KIPCHOGE. | COURTESY

World marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge has been named United Nations person of the year in Kenya.

Kipchoge was awarded by the United Nations office in Nairobi on Wednesday by Foreign Affairs CS Monica Juma.

He was awarded for his extraordinary performances, his work on HIV/AIDS in Kenya, and his endurance and courage.

Juma said he was awarded for his athletic heroism and determination to advance the spirit of sports.

Kipchoge was feted as the United Nations celebrated its 73rd anniversary.

“I will be responsible and continue to support the youth and be an inspiration,” the marathon king said.

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On Tuesday, Kipchoge was nominated for the 2018 IAAF Male Athlete of the Year award amongst other athletes.

The 10 nominees were selected by an international panel of athletics experts, comprising representatives from all six continental areas of the IAAF.

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