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Kenyan athlete, Eliud Kipchoge, the all-time fastest marathon runner with a best of 2:01:39, has been recognised with Laureus Ambassador membership.

The announcement was made on the second anniversary of the Berlin Marathon win and world record which he set in 2018.

Free for editorial use and archive. Eliud Kipchoge celebrates as he crosses finish line and makes history to become the first human being to run a marathon in under 2 hours. The INEOS 1:59 Challenge, Vienna, Austria. 12 October 2019. Photo: Thomas Lovelock for The INEOS 1:59 Challenge

Kipchoge also ran the marathon distance (although not an official marathon) in under two hours time. He ran a time trial route with a bevy of pacers in the time of 1:59:40 in Vienna.

Laurea Ambassador

The Laureus World Sports Academy is a unique group of sporting legends, each of whom reached the very highest level of achievement and collectively created many of sports most iconic moments. Each year, under the chairmanship of former All Blacks captain Sean Fitzpatrick, the Academy members come together to perform the vital role of voting for the winners of the Laureus Awards, and this endorsement from an iconic group of sporting legends helps to make the Awards the most prestigious in global sport.Academy members all share a belief in the power of sport to transform the lives of young people around the world, volunteering their time to support the work of Laureus Sport for Good. Throughout the year, many Academy members visit Sport for Good programmes, helping to engage and inspire the young people taking part.