By Simon Abaho
The 25-year-old has had a remarkable year, winning gold and silver medals at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the two-mile race at the Eugene Diamond League in August.
Cheptegei will, however, compete for the award with nine other global stars such as Kenyan marathon legend Eliud Kipchoge and Sweden’s pole vaulter Mondo Duplantis who won the 2020 award.
According to World Athletics, the nominees were selected by an international panel of athletics experts, comprising representatives from all six continental areas of the IAAF.
“As always, the World Athletics Awards will recognize athletes who have performed at the highest level across the year, taking into account not only the Olympic Games but the one-day meeting circuits.
We do recognize that athletes in some parts of the world faced greater challenges than others in accessing international competition this year, which complicated the nomination process.
However, we saw some impressive breakthroughs at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and we look forward to those athletes having more opportunities to shine next year, with five World Athletics Series events and a full schedule of one-day meetings on the calendar,’ World Athletics President Sebastian Coe said.
A three-way voting process will determine the finalists. The World Athletics Council and the World Athletics will cast their votes by email, while fans can vote online via the World Athletics 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 World Athletics Council’s vote will count for 50% of the result, while the World Athletics’ votes and the public votes will each count for 25% of the final result.
Voting for the World Athletes of the Year closes at midnight on Saturday, November 6. At the conclusion of the voting process, five men and five women finalists will be announced by World Athletics.
The male and female World Athletes of the Year will be announced at the World Athletics Awards 2021 in December.
The female nominees will be announced today, Friday 22 October.
Joshua Cheptegei, UGA performance this year
– Olympic 5000m champion
– Olympic 10,000m silver medallist
– Worlld-leading 8:09.55 for two miles