Joshua Cheptegei might solely be 24 however he’s already a residing sports activities legend.
And maybe, it’s unlucky that an Olympic gold medal is delaying his stellar crowning for Uganda’s G.O.A.T (Best of All Time) standing.
But when something, yesterday’s announcement of the long-distance runner Cheptegei as one of many nominees for Sportsman of the Yr Award on the annual Laureus World Sports activities Awards is one other mark of this gem.
He’s up for the highest award in opposition to Formulation One World champion Lewis Hamilton, reigning World Athlete of the Yr Swede vaulter Armand Duplantis, NBA champions LA Lakers’ LeBron James, Bayern Munich ahead Robert Lewandowski and 20-Grand Slam tennis icon Rafael Nadal.
“I’m actually honoured to be nominated,” Cheptegei expressed his enjoyment of a tweet, later receiving a point out from former Ukrainian vaulter Sergey Bubka.
It’s a momentous feat for Cheptegei who broke three world information (WRs) over the 5km, 5000m and 10000m earlier than taking fourth place and a crew bronze medal on the World Half-Marathon Championships in Poland final yr.
He’s the primary sportsman from Uganda to obtain this nomination within the 21-year historical past of those Awards.
Moreover, the world 10000m champion is simply the third African to be nominated after Moroccan middle-distance runner Hicham El Guerrouj (2005) and Kenyan marathoner Eliud Kipchoge (2019 and 2020).
The winner on the digital ceremony to be held in Could can be topped with a Laureus statuette, created by Cartier.
The Awards are thought-about extremely revered and are at all times equated to the ‘Oscars’ of the movie business.
The Awards winners are voted by the 68 members of the Laureus World Sports activities Academy which includes former international sports activities stars like Bubka, Indian cricket legend Rahul Dravid, British boxing icon Lennox Lewis and Chinese language basketball nice Yao Ming.
2021 LAUREUS WORLD SPORTS AWARDS
FULL LIST OF NOMINEES
Sportsman of the Yr Award: Joshua Cheptegei (Uganda), Armand Duplantis (Sweden), Lewis Hamilton (UK), LeBron James (USA), Robert Lewandowski (Poland), Rafael Nadal (Spain)
Sportswoman of the Yr Award: Anna van der Breggen (Netherlands), Federica Brignone (Italy), Brigid Kosgei (Kenya), Naomi Osaka (Japan), Wendie Renard (France), Breanna Stewart (USA)
World Crew of the Yr Award: Argentina Males’s Rugby Crew, Bayern Munich (Germany), Kansas Metropolis Chiefs (USA), Liverpool (UK), Los Angeles Lakers (USA), Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formulation One Crew (Germany)