In Summary
  • Kipchoge waded off competition from American gymnast Simone Biles, South Africa's Rugby World Cup winning captain Siya Kolisi and Australian cricketer Steve Smith
  • Kipchoge now makes history as the first Kenyan to win the BBC award
  • Kipchoge had on November 23 won the World Athletics Male Athlete of the Year for the second year in a row

World marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge has claimed yet another award moments after receiving two honorary Doctorate Degrees of Science and Law from different universities in Kenya and the United Kingdom.

The Olympic marathon champion was on Sunday declared the BBC Sports Personality's World Sports Star of the Year 2019.

Kipchoge received the Doctorate Degree of Science at Laikipia University on December 6 before adding another Doctorate Degree of Law from the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom.

Kipchoge, who also retained World Athletics 2019 Athlete of the Year title, waded off competition from American gymnast Simone Biles, South Africa's Rugby World Cup-winning captain Siya Kolisi and Australian cricketer Steve Smith.

Also in contention were American golfer Tiger Woods and USA footballer Megan Rapinoe, who co-led her team to World Cup victory again this summer.

Last year's winner was Italian golfer Francesco Molinari, who won the 2018 Open Championship and all five of his Ryder Cup matches at the event in Paris.

Kipchoge now makes history as the first Kenyan to win the BBC award.

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