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Joshua Cheptegei Nominated for World Male Athlete of the Year

Uganda’s long distance runner Joshua Cheptegei has been nominated for the 2021 World Male Athlete of the year.

The World Athlete of the Year award is a prize that can be won by athletes participating in events within the sport of athletics organised by World Athletics, including track and field, cross country running, road running, and racewalking

The 10-athlete shortlist for World Athletics’ Male World Athlete of the Year award was revealed on Thursday.

Chepetegei who was also shortlisted last year, won two medals at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

He collected Silver in the 10,000m before scooping gold later on in the 5000m race.

The World Champion crossed the line victorious in 12:58.15, beating Canada’s Mohamed Ahmed (12:58.61) and Paul Chelimo (12:59.05).

The list, with all athletes Olympics Champions, also has Karsten Warholm (Norway) and Ryan Crouser (USA), who both set new world records in 2021.

Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge who is a back-to-back Olympic marathon champion is the other strong contender.

Cheptegei wins 5000m Olympics gold. Courtesy photo

The nominees for 2021 Male World Athlete of the Year:

Joshua Cheptegei, UGA

  • Olympic 5000m champion
  • Olympic 10,000m silver medallist
  • World-leading 8:09.55 for two miles

Ryan Crouser, USA

  • Olympic and Diamond League shot put champion
  • Undefeated all year
  • World shot put records indoors and outdoors

Mondo Duplantis, SWE

  • Olympic pole vault champion
  • Diamond League pole vault champion
  • European indoor pole vault champion

Jakob Ingebrigtsen, NOR

  • Olympic 1500m champion
  • European indoor 1500m champion
  • European 1500m and 5000m records

Eliud Kipchoge, KEN

  • Olympic marathon champion
  • Largest winning margin in men’s Olympic marathon since 1972
  • Winner of Enschede Marathon

Pedro Pichardo, POR

  • Olympic triple jump champion
  • Diamond League triple jump champion
  • European indoor triple jump champion

Daniel Stahl, SWE

  • Olympic discus champion
  • Diamond League discus champion
  • Threw world-leading 71.40m

Miltiadis Tentoglou, GRE

  • Olympic long jump champion
  • European indoor long jump champion
  • Jumped world-leading 8.60m

Damian Warner, CAN

  • Olympic decathlon champion
  • Winner at the Götzis Hypo Meeting
  • National and Olympic record of 9018, moved to fourth on the world all-time list

Karsten Warholm, NOR

  • Olympic 400m hurdles champion 
  • Diamond League 400m hurdles champion
  • World 400m hurdles record and world 300m hurdles best

Voting Process as Revealed by World Athletics Body

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 Saturday 6 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 2021 in December. 

Former Winners (from the 2010 era onwards)

2010: David Rudisha (Kenya)
2011: Usain Bolt (Jamaica)
2012: Usain Bolt (Jamaica)
2013: Usain Bolt (Jamaica)
2014: Renard Lavillenie (France)
2015: Ashton Eaton (USA)
2016: Usain Bolt (Jamaica)
2017: Mutaz Essa Bashim (Qatar)
2018: Eliud Kipchoge (Kenya)
2019: Eliud Kipchoge (Kenya)
2020: Armand Duplantis (Sweden)

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