Kipchoge Chosen as a Laureus Award Nominee

World record marathon holder Eliud Kipchoge is one of the six nominees for the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award this year.

Kipchoge Chosen as a Laureus Award Nominee

Eliud Kipchoge will compete against tennis star Novak Djokovic, Formula One world champion Max Verstappen, USA swimmer Caeleb Dressel, Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski, and NFL superstar Tom Brady.

At the Tokyo Olympics, Kipchoge successfully defended his title, becoming only the third man in history to win back-to-back gold medals in the marathon.

He will become the first Kenyan man to win the prize since it was established more than two decades ago.

During the 2019 award gala, the 37-year-old was named an ambassador for the Laureus Sport for Good after receiving the Exceptional Achievement.

Laureus Sport for Good is a global organization that uses the power of sport to help children and young people overcome violence, discrimination, and disadvantage.

The Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award candidates are Australian tennis world No 1 Ashleigh Barty, USA athlete Allyson Felix, Spanish footballer Alexia Putellas, Jamaican athlete Elaine Thompson-Herah, Australian swimmer Emma McKeon and USA swimmer Katie Ledecky.

The winners of the gala will be announced in a virtual ceremony in April.