Uganda’s Cheptegei Nominated for ‘World Athlete of the Year’ Award

Cheptegei raising the Ugandan flag after finishing first in the Senior men's race in Denmark (Internet photo)

Ugandan Commonwealth double gold medalist and World Cross-country champion, Joshua Cheptegei, has been nominated for Male World Athlete of the Year in the 2019 World Athletics Awards.

He becomes the first Ugandan to be nominated for the prestigious Award.

The Awards are scheduled to take place in Monaco on Saturday November 23.

This week IAAF announced the opening of the voting process ahead of the World Athletics Awards.

“The IAAF is pleased to confirm a list of 11 nominees for Male World Athlete of the Year who were selected by an international panel of athletics experts, comprising representatives from all six continental areas of the IAAF,” the international athletics Federation said in a statement.

IAAF said the nominations of 11 athletes reflects “the remarkable range of exceptional performances that the sport has witnessed this year” both at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha, and in the Diamond League and in road and cross country events.

“The IAAF’s Competition Performance Ranking show that the World Championships in Doha was the highest quality competition in the history of the event”.

In the just concluded IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha, Cheptegei won gold in the men’s 10,000m final.

Cheptegei won with a World lead time of 26:48.36 to bag USD 67,000 at the games held at the Khalifa International Stadium in Qatar’s capital, Doha.

He beat his strongest rival, Ethiopia’s Yomif Kejelcha who only managed 26:49.3 to become second with Kenya’s Kipruto coming in third position.

He also won the world cross-country title in Aarhus and the Diamond League 500m title.

For the Athelete of the Year Award, Cheptegei is nominated along with Donavan Brazier (USA), Christian Coleman (USA), Timothy Cheruyiot (KEN), Steven Gardiner (BAH), Sam Kendricks (USA), Eliud Kipchoge (KEN), Noah Lyles (USA), Daniel Stahl (SWE), Christian Taylor (USA) and Karsten Warholm (NOR).

IAAF says a three-way voting process will determine the finalists.

The IAAF Council and the IAAF Family will cast their votes by email, while fans can vote online via the IAAF’s 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 IAAF Council’s vote will count for 50% of the result, while the IAAF Family’s votes and the public votes will each count for 25% of the final result.

Voting for the Male World Athlete of the Year closes on 4 November. At the conclusion of the voting process, five men and five women finalists will be announced by the IAAF.


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