Ugandan duo of Joshua Cheptegei and Jacob Kiplimo is among the ten athletes nominated for the 2020 Male World Athlete of the year.
This, follows remarkable milestones for Cheptegei and Kiplimo in various fields on and off the track in 2020.
The awarding ceremony will be held on Saturday, December 5, this year.
The list of 10 was selected by an international panel of athletes experts which comprises of representatives from all six continental areas of World Athletics
Cheptegei is a big favourite after breaking three World Athletics – 5000m (12:35.36), 10,000m (26:11.00) and 5km (road, 12:51).
Kiplimo on the other hand, is a strong contender after winning the World Half Marathon in a championship record of 58:49, where his compatriot Cheptegei came fourth on his debut.
Kiplimo also ran a world-leading 7:26.64 over 3000m, which is the fastest time since 2007.
The Ugandan duo will however face stiff competition from Swedish pole vault star Mondo Duplantis who broke the World Record twice (6.17m and 6.18m), produced the highest outdoor vault time of all time (6.15m) and undefeated in 16 competitions this year.
Other nominees include Donavan Brazier (USA), Timothy Cheruiyot (Kenya), Ryan Crouser (USA), Noah Lyles (USA), Daniel Stahl (Sweden), Johannes Vetter (Germany), Karsten Warholm (Norway).
The Voting Process – As Revealed By World Athletics:
A three-way voting process will determine the finalists.
The World Athletics Council and the World Athletics Family will cast their votes by email, while fans can vote online via the World Athletics’ social media platforms. Individual graphics for each nominee will be posted on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram this week; a ‘like’ on Facebook and Instagram or a retweet on Twitter will count as one vote.
The World Athletics Council’s vote will count for 50% of the result, while the World Athletics Family’s votes and the public votes will each count for 25% of the final result.
Voting for the World Athletes of the Year closes at midnight on Sunday 15 November. At the conclusion of the voting process, five men and five women finalists will be announced by World Athletics.
The male and female World Athletes of the Year will be announced live at the World Athletics Awards 2020 on Saturday 5 December.
The World Athlete of the year award, for 2019, was won by Eliud Kipchoge from Kenya.
Cheptegei’s 2020 in brief:
- He set a new world road 5 km record of 12:51 at a Road race in Monaco breaking the previous best time of 13:00, set by Kenya’s Sammy Kipketer in 2000.
-He set the new 5000m world record of 12:35.36 at the Monaco Diamond League meet, breaking Kenenisa Bekele’s 16-year-old world record of 12:37.35 set in Hengelo.
- On 7 October 2020, in Valencia, he set a world record time of 26:11.00 in the 10000 meters, breaking Kenenisa Bekele’s 15-year-old record by more than 6 seconds.
Kiplimo’s 2020 in brief:
- He won the 5000m run in Ostrava on 8 September in a time of 12:48.63, beating pre race favorite Selemon Barega.
- On 17 September, he won a Diamond League 3000m run in Rome in a time of 7:26.64, the fastest 3000 m since Bekele’s 7:25.70 in August 2007, beating Jakob Ingebrigtsen time of 7:27.05 became the 9th.
- He won the Half Marathon World Championship in a time of 58:49 on 17 October 2020 in Gdynia, Poland.