Saturday, May 21, 2011

Makau named AIMS athlete of year

Patrick Makau of Kenya has been named the the AIMS/ASICS World Athlete of the Year, one of the most highly coveted accolades in world road running. This is the first time Makau has won the award and his success follows on from that of his compatriot, last year’s winner, the late Sammy Wanjiru.

Gothenburg Half Marathon Race Director Bo Edsberger presented the AIMS/ASICS Golden Shoe award, a world accolade from the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS), at a short ceremony prior to the Gothenburg Half Marathon which takes place today (21). Makau joins fellow Kenyans Benson Masya, Paul Tergat, Josephat Kiprono and Sammy Wanjiru.

Makau had an outstanding year in 2010, winning the 36th edition of the City-Pier-City Half Marathon in The Hague clocking a sub-one hour time of 59:52. After this he significantly improved his marathon best to 2:04:48 to win the Rotterdam Marathon, becoming the fourth fastest runner over the distance only to follow up this achievement with a subsequent win in the Berlin Marathon, clocking 2:05:08 to win his first World Marathon Major.