Uganda’s long-distance runner Joshua Cheptegei has been nominated for the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award 2020.
Cheptegei has been nominated alongside other five international athletes who include USA’s basketball player LeBron James, Poland’s football player Robert Lewandowski who plays for the German club Bayern Munich, Spain’s tennis player Rafael Nadal, United Kingdom’s Formula One racer Lewis Hamilton, and Swedish pole vaulter Armand Duplantis.
Last month, Cheptegei defended his title of 5,000 meters run in Monaco, France after posting 13:11. He had previously broken Kenenisa Bekele’s record that had stood for 16 years.
The Laureus World Sports Award for Sportsman of the Year is an annual award honouring the achievements of individual men from the world of sports.
It is part of The Laureus World Sports Awards which is an annual award ceremony honouring individuals and teams from the world of sports along with sporting achievements throughout the year.
The award is currently held by United Kingdom’s Lewis Hamilton and football player Lionel Messi who captains the Argentine national team and Spanish club Barcelona.
In 2020, Cheptegei set a new world 5 km 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, at the Monaco Diamond League meet, he set a new 5,000 metres world record of 12:35.36, breaking Kenenisa Bekele’s 16-year-old world record of 12:37.35 set in Hengelo.
In October in Valencia, he set a world record time of 26:11.00 in the 10,000 meters, which again improved on Kenenisa Bekele’s 15-year-old record by more than 6 seconds.
After being nominated Cheptegei expressed his happiness via Twitter.
“I am honoured to be nominated beside Armand Duplantis, Lewis Hamilton Lebron James, Robert Lewandowski, Rafael Nadal for Laureus Sports World Sportsman of the year,” Cheptegei said.