“I’m delighted once again to be among the finalists in the New York Road Runners Pro Performer of the year awards. I want to ask Kenyans to spend some few seconds and vote for me,” said the Iten-based athlete.

Kipruto on his part, ran the fastest time in UAE Healthy Kidney 10km, where he clocked 27:08 smashing a previous record of 27:35 held by Leonard Komon.

In his NYRR race debut, Kipruto finished 11 seconds ahead of compatriot Mathew Kimeli, who was second with a time of 27:19, while Ethiopia’s Teshome Mekonen was third in 28:10.

Kipruto revealed he is happy to have been recognized for his good performance and urged the public to start voting for him.

“It’s a competitive task and I call upon Kenyans and my fans to tart voting for me because we have one week before the process is closed,” Kipruto told Nation Sport via phone from Paris.

Kipruto, who had been nominated for the Male Rising Star award during the 2018 IAAF awards, was beaten by pole vaulter Armand Duplantis from Sweden.

The two Kenyans will be battle out it against Ethiopia’s Buze Diriba, Daniel Romanchuk, Susannah Scaroni, Jenny Simpson and Ben True all from USA.

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