Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei has made the final shortlist for the 2020 Male Athlete of the year.
However, his compatriot Jacob Kiplimo has missed out after he was named in the initial ten nominees.
The World Athletics body has released the final five ahead of the awarding ceremony due Saturday, December 5, this year.
Karsten Warholm (Norway), Johannes Vetter (Germany), Mondo Duplantis (Sweden) and Ryan Crouser (USA) join Cheptegei on the final five.
This is a big blow for Kiplimo who won the World Half Marathon Championship and also clocked a world leading 7:26.64 over 3000m among other accolades in 2020.
USA’s Donovan Brazier, Timothy Cheruiyot (Kenya), Noah Lyles (USA) and Daniel Stahl (Sweden) have missed out after they were nominated in the initial ten.
Cheptegei who broke 5000m, 10000m and 5km world records, will fancy his chances for the title which has been won by Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge for the past two years.