Race Results Weekly Announces its Runners of the Year

Rudisha and Langat Recognized for Records, Consistency, Medals

NEW YORK (December 31) — Race Results Weekly, the wire service of distance running, announced today that Kenyans David Rudisha and Nancy Jebet Langat had been selected the Race Results Weekly 2010 Runners of the Year.  RRW,
the world’s most comprehensive source of middle and long distance
running results and news, selected Rudisha and Langat for fast times,
consistently excellent performances, and championship medals. (David Rudisha photo by Bob Ramsak)
who was overwhelmingly the best 800m runner in the world, was a clear
choice for our Runner of the Year,” said Editor & Publisher David
Monti.  “But Russia’s Liliya Shobukhova, who won both the Virgin London
and Bank of America Chicago Marathons, and Kenya’s Vivian Cheruiyot, who
scored 12 victories including the African and Commonwealth titles at
5000-meters, were also excellent candidates.  It was a tough choice.”
season was one of the best ever by a middle distance runner.  He was
undefeated at 800m in 16 starts (including heats), won the African
title, the Samsung Diamond League points chase, and the IAAF/VTB Bank
Continental Cup.  But, by breaking Wilson Kipketer’s vaunted world
record twice in the span of eight days last August, first at Berlin
(1:41.09) and then again at Rieti (1:41.01), the 22 year-old Kenyan
sealed his position as this year’s best middle or long distance runner.
couldn’t have asked for a better season in the 800-meters,” said Junior
Editor Chris Lotsbom.  “Taking down Wilson Kipketer’s 13 year-old world
record and then running 1:41.01 was the cherry on top of winning the
Diamond League and African Championships.  Every time he took to the
track, the world was anxious to see how close he could get to the world
record.  By the end of the season it was a question of how much he would
own it by.”
endured a leg-bending season in both cross country and track, and
consistently performed brilliantly.  The reigning Olympic 1500m champion
opened her season back on January 9, with a victory at the Great
Edinburgh Cross Country, and closed it nine months later with her second
Commonwealth Games gold medal on October 11.
“We really
admired Langat’s record of consistent performances on two surfaces over
such a long period of time,” Monti explained.  “In 23 starts (including
heats), she won 16 times, and finished on the podium 21 times.  With the
exception of her eighth place finish at the Continental Cup, where she
was tripped in the homestretch, Langat always won when it counted.”
victories included both the 800m and 1500m at the Commonwealth Games
(she set a Games record of 4:05.26 at 1500m), and the African
Championships at 1500m.  She was also the Diamond League points champion
for 1500m, and won invitational 1500m titles at the adidas Grand Prix,
DN Galan, Aviva London Grand Prix, and the Weltklasse amongst other
meets.  Langat even ran the #3 time in the world for 800m this year:
1:57.75.  That kind of versatility and consistency are rare.
“By running
in both the big commercial meets during the summer and the two
championship events, Langat did a lot to boost fan interest in the
sport,” Monti concluded.  “She could have easily skipped either the
African Championships or Commonwealth Games and focused only on the
Diamond League where the money was.  But fans love championship
competition, and she put on a great show in both Nairobi and Delhi.”
In determining the Race Results Weekly
2010 Runners of the Year, the editors considered each athlete’s entire
competitive record for the year, but ultimately gave the greatest weight
to their best and most inspiring performances.
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