Joshua Cheptegei: Ugandan long-distance runner to battle LeBron, Hamilton for Laureus World Sports Award

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Ugandan long-distance runner Joshua Cheptegei has been nominated for the Laureus World Sportsman of the year award.

Cheptegei will battle for the award with NBA Superstar LeBron James, Formula One champion, Lewis Hamilton, Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski, Tennis Superstar Rafael Nadal and Pole-Vaulter Mondo Duplantis

The revelation was confirmed on Wednesday afternoon via the Laureus social media platforms.

They tweeted “here are the nominees for the 2021 Laureus World Sportsman of the year.”

Cheptegei earns the nomination after a successful year on both road and track events, breaking three world records in the process. He broke Kenenisa Bekele’s 5,000m world record at the Monaco Diamond League meeting before another Bekele record, taking 6.53 seconds off his 10,000m in Valencia

At the road race in Monaco, Cheptegei set a new world road 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.

The Laureus World Sports Awards is an annual award ceremony honouring individuals and teams from the world of sports along with sporting achievements throughout the year.

This year’s award ceremony in May will be a ‘virtual’ event due to the Coronavirus pandemic

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