Nairobi: Kenya once more proved its prowess in track and field. As the curtain draws on the eventful 2018 season, one of the biggest stars that captured the country’s performance was of Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge.The 33-year-old Kenyan was crowned the IAAF 2018 Athlete of the Year Award for his performance in the 42 km distance becoming the epitome of success for any aspiring athlete.For a man who has only tested loss once in six years, Kipchoge proved that with discipline, hard work and focus anyone can attain his best mark and go on to conquer the world, reports Xinhua news agency.He showed great humility even after breaking the world marathon record in Berlin clocking 2:01:39 taking off one minute and 18 seconds off the previous mark set by compatriot Dennis Kimetto.But still at his hour of glory, Kipchoge said he is done celebrating and only focuses on the next challenge.“My inspiration is about doing something great for athletics. I don’t celebrate because I know the victory was for Kenya and for my fans. I have no plans yet for 2019, but my management and coach will make a decision on where I will compete next,” said Kipchoge on Monday.Kipchoge, the fastest man on the marathon (2:01:39), was competing with another world record holder, Kevin Mayer (Decathlon), Sweden’s Armand Duplantis (champion European Pole vault with a jump of 6.05m), the Qatari Abderrahman Samba (2nd performance in history over 400m hurdles) and American sprinter Christian Coleman.However, his star performance in 2018, which saw him win against hot conditions in London and Berlin, showed of a man who is a true legend of athletics.In the women category, Kenya’s Beatrice Chepkoech came close to claiming the overall IAAF top athlete. Her new world record in the 3000m steeplechase of 8:44.32 saw her become the first woman to break 8:50 and 8:45 barriers.She was up against British Dina Asher-Smith (sprint), Colombian Caterine Ibarguen (triple jump), Shaunae Miller-Uibo from Bahamas (sprint) and the Belgian Nafissatou Thiam (heptathlon). IANS Also Read: Kipchoge, Ibarguen Named IAAF Athletes of The Year
The StandUp4SEALs Beach Challenge will mark its third year in Ocean City on May 23 with a new name and a broader beneficiary base.A standup paddleboard race is open to individuals or relay teams.The event is now known as the Memorial Beach Challenge and will benefit not just the families of Navy SEALS killed in service but the families of fallen heroes in all branches of the military, according to an event c0-founder, Mike Vaules.Registration is open for the Challenge’s three events: a stand-up paddleboard race, a beach obstacle course race and a fun run for kids.Register and get more information at memorialbeachchallenge.com.In its first two years, the event became a popular part of Ocean City’s Memorial Day Weekend calendar with more than 600 competing in the combined events in each year.Kids climb makeshift sand mounds as part of the fun run in the Memorial Beach Challenge.The Challenge provides a spectacle for visitors watching obstacle-course competitors run through a water-filled pit sprayed by a fire hose, crawl under the Ocean City Music Pier, carry sand-filled sacks, perform calisthenics, traverse balance beams, and climb walls.The stand-up paddleboard race includes a box course that starts and finishes on the beach and takes racers through the surf.This year’s event is set for 8 a.m. Saturday, May 23, on the beaches surrounding the Ocean City Music Pier at Moorlyn Terrace. The bulk of the course will be between Fifth and 14th streets.The Memorial Beach Challenge benefits the Navy SEAL Foundation, the 31 Heroes Project (named for the SEALS killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan on August 6, 2011) and the Travis Manion Foundation. Manion was a U.S. Naval Academy graduate and a Marine from Doylestown, Pa., who was killed in action in Iraq on April 29, 2007. One of the obstacles in the annual Beach Challenge is a water-filled pit.