World Athletics on Monday November 23, shortlisted Uganda’s top athlete, Joshua Cheptegei for the Male World Athletics Awards, 2020.
According to the infomail at World Athletics, a five-man shortlist will see Cheptegei facing other contenders for the award including American shot putter Ryan Crouser, Swede Vaulter Armand Duplantis, German javelin thrower Johannes Vetter and Norwegian 400m hurdler Karsten Warholm.
World Athletics yesterday announced that the contenders will vie for a virtual Awards ceremony slated on December 5.
The final shortlist puts Cheptegei at a position of winning the Male World Athletics Award for a security second year.
The WA noted that the five athletes represent five countries and from three area associations.
“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,” reads part of World Athletics’ email yesterday.
Last year, Cheptegei won the World Cross-country title, the 5000m Diamond League trophy and the world 10000m gold.
He also lost the coveted prize to Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge who had won the London Marathon in a course record of 2:02:37 as well as a 1:59:40.2 for 42.195km in Vienna, Austria.