By Norman Isaac Mwambazi
The field races may have been wrapped up this year but Ugandan sensational long distance runner Joshua Cheptegei is currently in a race with four other athletes running to see who wins the male world athlete of the year 2020 award.
On Monday, the World Athletics body announced the final shortlist of five male athletes that will compete for athletics’ big prize in a virtual awards ceremony that will take place on December 5, 2020.
This is Cheptegei’s second time being shortlisted for the prize, after he was nominated for the same last year but lost to Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge who had a wonderful year as well smashing records and setting new ones, most notably running 42 kilometres in under two hours (1:59:40.2) in Vienna, Austria.
This year, with Kipchoge out of contention, Cheptegei seems to be in pole position to scoop this award.
The gold-star has smashed and set three World Records namely; 5Km (12:51), 5000m (12:35.36), and 10000m (26:11).
Cheptegei’s four competitors are American shot putter Ryan Crouser, Swedish Vaulter Armand Duplantis, German javelin thrower Johannes Vetter, and Norwegian 400m hurdler Karsten Warholm.
“In spite of the many challenges presented by the global COVID-19 pandemic this year, the five athletes, who represent five countries and three area associations, have excelled, producing brilliant performances across nearly all athletics disciplines in 2020,” World Athletics said yesterday.
We wish Joshua Cheptegei all the best and hope he brings the award home, as he has been bringing gold medals consistently.
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