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Cheptegei Nominated for World Athlete of the Year Award

The long-distance runner, Cheptegei had a tremendous season in 2021 that saw him bag two Olympic medals a silver and gold in the 5,000 and 10,000-metre category respectively, adding a world-leading record 8:09:55 in two miles. The two medals present a perfect competing platform for the Cheptegei.
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Uganda’s long star athlete Joshua Cheptegei has been shortlisted to compete for the award of the Best Male World Athlete of the year 2021.

Cheptegei, 25 was nominated alongside nine other sportsmen to compete for the world award that will be decided in December this year.

The long-distance runner, Cheptegei had a tremendous season in 2021 that saw him bag two Olympic medals a silver and gold in the 5,000 and 10,000-metre category respectively, adding a world-leading record 8:09:55 in two miles. The two medals present a perfect competing platform for the Cheptegei.

Other nominees include Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigtsen who won a gold medal in the 1,500m at the Tokyo Olympics, Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge who also won gold in the Olympics marathon, Norway’s Karsten Warholm who also won gold in 400m hurdles at the Olympics among other nominees

According to a press release by world Athletics, the voting process will be determined by a three-way voting process that will determine the finalists.  The votes that will determine the winner include the World Athletics Council vote that will contribute 50 per cent.  The rest will be determined by the World Athletics Family which will contribute 25 per cent votes and the rest will be decided by the public that will also contribute 25 per cent.  

“The World Athletics Council and the World Athletics Family 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,” part of the press release reads

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