Ugandan duo nominated for Male World Athlete of the year 2020

DAVID GOMBE

Ugandan long distance runners Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei and Jacob Kiplimo have been nominated by the World Athletics Council for the Male World Athlete of the year 2020.

The list comprises of 10 nominees who were selected by the International panel of athletics experts.

Cheptegei set world records in three of his races this year, starting with his 12:51 clocking in the 5Km on the roads in Monaco in February and followed six months later by his 12:35.36 5000m run, also in Monaco.

Nominee Joshua Cheptegei

He also chunk off the 10,000m world record in Valencia on October with his stunning 26:11.00 performance and came fourth at the World Athletics Half Marathon Championship on his debut over the distance.

His compatriot, Kiplimo became the first Ugandan to win the World Half Marathon title in a record time of 58:49 and won the Diamond League 3000m run in Rome in a time of 7:26.64, the fastest 3000m since Kenenisa Bekele’s 7:25.70 in August 2007.

Kiplimo after excelling at the World Half Marathon

He also won the 5000m run in Ostrava on September in a time of 12:48.63 and improved his best of 13:13.64 set as a 16 year old in the 2017 Prefontaine Classic.

List of nominees :

Joshua Cheptegei, Uganda: Broke world records at 5000m (12:35.36), 10,000m (26:11.00) and 5km on the roads (12:51), was fourth at the World Athletics Half Marathon Championships on his debut over the distance

Jacob Kiplimo, Uganda: Won world half marathon title in a championship record of 58:49, ran a world-leading 7:26.64 over 3000m, the fastest time in the world since 2007

Donavan Brazier, USA: Ran world-leading 800m times indoors (1:44.22, North American indoor record) and outdoors (1:43.15), won all seven of his races over all distances.

Timothy Cheruiyot, Kenya: Ran world-leading 3:28.45 over 1500m, undefeated in three 1500m races

Ryan Crouser, USA: Undefeated in 10 shot put competitions, his 22.91m world-leading performance moved him to equal third on the world all-time list

Mondo Duplantis, Sweden: Broke the world record in the pole vault twice (6.17m and 6.18m) and produced the highest outdoor vault of all time (6.15m), undefeated in 16 competitions

Noah Lyles, USA: Undefeated in five finals, ran a world-leading 19.76 over 200m

Daniel Stahl, Sweden: Won 17 of his 19 discus competitions, threw a world-leading 71.37m

Johannes Vetter, Germany: Won eight of his nine javelin competitions, threw a world-leading 97.76m, the second farthest throw in history

Karsten Warholm, Norway: Ran a world-leading 46.87 in the 400m hurdles, the second fastest performance in history, undefeated in nine 400m/400m hurdles races and set world best of 33.78 in 300m hurdles

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