Cheptegei still in contention for world athlete of the year

The winner will be announced at the World Athletics Awards 2021, which will be held virtually on December 1.

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Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei is one of the five finalists for Male World Athlete of the year 2021. COURTESY PHOTO.

Joshua Cheptegei is still in contention for winning the prestigious World Athlete of the Year accolade.

According to a list released by World Athletics on Monday, the Ugandan is among the last five men left standing following the closure of voting ( that included fans) on November 6,2021.

The long distance superstar won gold and silver in the 5000m and 10000m at the Tokyo Olympics. He also ran a world-leading 8:09.55 over two miles at the Prefontaine Classic Meet in Eugene, Oregon.

The 25-year-old competes for the prestigious award with last year’s winner in Swedish pole vaulter Mondo Duplantis as well as Kenyan marathoner Eliud Kipchoge who has won the accolade twice.

Norwegian hurdler Karsten Warholm and American shot-putter Ryan Crouser are the other athletes who complete the shortlist.

The winner will be announced at the World Athletics Awards 2021, which will be held virtually on December 1.

The finalists in alphabetical order (source- World Athletics)

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

Eliud Kipchoge, KEN
– Olympic marathon champion
– Largest winning margin in men’s Olympic marathon since 1972
– Winner of Enschede Marathon

Karsten Warholm, NOR
– Olympic 400m hurdles champion 
– Diamond League 400m hurdles champion
– World 400m hurdles record and world 300m hurdles best

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