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Joshua Cheptegei nominated for Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award

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Ugandan long-distance runner and world champion Joshua Cheptegei has been nominated for the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award 2021.

In February 2020, at a road race in Monaco, Cheptegei set a new world road 5km record of 12:51, breaking through the event’s 13-minute barrier, taking 9 seconds from the previous best time of 13:00, set by Kenya’s Sammy Kipketer in 2000.

In August 2020, at the Monaco Diamond League meet, he set a new 5000 metres world record of 12:35.36, breaking Kenenisa Bekele’s 16-year-old world record of 12:37.35 set in Hengelo and On 7 October 2020, in Valencia, he set a world record time of 26:11.00 in the 10000 meters, which again improved on Kenenisa Bekele’s 15-year-old record by more than 6 seconds.

Cheptegei has been nominated alongside world-class athletes including former winners Rafael Nadal and Lewis Hamilton. Also nominated are NBA superstar LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers, footballer Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich, who won the Best FIFA Men’s Player Award and Sweden’s Armand Duplantis who broke outdoor and indoor pole vault world record in 2020.

Voted for by the world’s sports media, the Laureus Awards will be announced in May as part of a ‘Virtual’ Awards event aimed at not only celebrating the highest sporting achievement but also honouring those whose actions have transcended the court, track or field of play.

The awards which will be happening for the 22nd time, will be a ‘virtual’ event, in place of the annual gala ceremony in order to respect continued social distancing measures.  The Awards continue to celebrate the achievements of sportsmen and women and their impact on society.


Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award

Joshua Cheptegei (Uganda) Athletics – broke both 5,000 and 10,000 metres world records in 2020

Armand Duplantis (Sweden) Athletics – broke outdoor and indoor pole vault world record in 2020

Lewis Hamilton (UK) Motor Racing – won record-equalling seventh Formula One World Championship

LeBron James (USA) Basketball – LA Lakers star, won his fourth NBA title and fourth Finals MVP award

Robert Lewandowski (Poland) Football – 55 goals as Bayern Munich won Champions League, Bundesliga

Rafael Nadal (Spain) Tennis – won 13th French Open; his 20th career Grand Slam to equal Roger Federer

Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award

Anna van der Breggen (Netherlands) Cycling – won both road race and time trial at World Championships

Federica Brignone (Italy) Skiing – first Italian woman to win Overall World Cup; also Combined and G. Slalom

Brigid Kosgei (Kenya) Athletics – won rescheduled London Marathon by more than three minutes

Naomi Osaka (Japan) Tennis – won second US Open in 2020, her third career Grand Slam, at age 22

Wendie Renard (France) Football – captain of Lyon who won a fifth straight Women’s Champions League

Breanna Stewart (USA) Basketball – led Seattle Storm to WNBA Championship; won Finals MVP award

Laureus World Team of the Year Award

Argentina Men’s Rugby Team – first ever win over three-time world champions the All Blacks

Bayern Munich (Germany) Football – won Champions League, Bundesliga, German Cup under Hansi Flick

Kansas City Chiefs (USA) American Football – won the Super Bowl for the first time since 1970

Liverpool (UK) Football – under Jurgen Klopp won first English Premier League title for 30 years

Los Angeles Lakers (USA) Basketball – inspired by LeBron James, won their 17th NBA Championship

Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team (Germany) – record 7th consecutive Constructors’ Championship

Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year Award

Ansu Fati (Spain) Football – at 17, became youngest scorer for Spain and in El Clasico for Barcelona

Patrick Mahomes (USA) American Football – at 24, led Kansas City Chiefs to first Super Bowl win in 50 years

Joan Mir (Spain) Motor Cycling – at 23, won his first Moto GP World Championship

Tadej Pogacar (Slovenia) Cycling – at 21, became the youngest rider in a century to win the Tour de France

Iga Swiatek (Poland) Tennis – at 19, won French Open to become youngest Grand Slam winner since 1990

Dominic Thiem (Austria) Tennis – won first ever Grand Slam at US Open; reached final of Australian Open

Laureus World Comeback of the Year Award

Daniel Bard (USA) Baseball – successful return to top level after not pitching for seven years because of ‘yips’

Kento Momota (Japan) Badminton – world No.1 returned to competition after surviving serious car crash

Alex Morgan (USA) Football – debut for London club Tottenham just 184 days after giving birth

Max Parrot (Canada) Snowboarding – recovered from cancer to win two X-Games gold medals in 2020

Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) Skiing – came back from break following father’s death to start winning again

Alex Smith (USA) American Football – back for Washington 728 days and 17 operations after leg injury

Laureus Sport for Good Award

Boxgirls Kenya Boxing – supports and empowers at-risk girls in underserved slum communities in Nairobi

Fundación Colombianitos (Colombia) Football & Rugby – bridges gender gaps and promotes education through sport

KICKFORMORE (Germany) Football – empowers youth to make positive contributions in their communities.

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