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Lelisa wins 2019 ‘Best Marathon Runner’ award

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Addis Ababa, November 9, 2019 (FBC) -World marathon champion Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia was last night recognised as the male recipient of the 2019 ‘Best Marathon Runner’ award by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS).

His achievement was given global recognition on Friday in Athens, the birthplace of the marathon, at the seventh annual AIMS Best Marathon Runner (BMR) Gala.

Lelisa was chosen by the AIMS athletes’ nomination committee as the outstanding candidate for the 2019 award based upon his performances over the past 12 months.

Lelisa won the 2018 New York City Marathon before winning the marathon at the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 with a time of 2:10:40.

“Thank you to AIMS, their members and partners for presenting me with this award,” he said. “This is a proud moment in my career.”

Ruth Chepngetich of Kenya won in the female category.