Cheptegei for the 2021 World Athlete of the Year award (1)
In the men's 5000m and 10,000m, the 25-year-old won gold and silver to earn his spot among the greatest of the year at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. PHOTO/COURTESY

Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda was on Wednesday named among the nominees for the 2021 Male Athlete of the Year Award by World Athletics.

Ugandan long-distance runner Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei has been nominated as the Male World Athlete of the Year for 2021. He won an Olympic Gold Medal, World Cross Country Champion title, and World Record Holder.

After winning silver and gold medals for the 10000m and 5000m events at the 2020 Games in Tokyo, Cheptegei will have a shot at the iconic honour for the third year in a row.

He is considered one of the greatest in this year’s Olympics after winning gold and silver in the men’s 5000m and 10,000m events at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

As a result of his two medals, along with Peruth Chemutai’s steeplechase win and Jacob Kiplimo’s 10000m bronze, Uganda had its best-ever performance at the Olympics in Tokyo.

Cheptegei will however compete for the 2021 Male Athlete of the Year Award alongside nine other Olympic champions, including Kenyan marathon legend Eliud Kipchoge and the undefeated American shot-put champion Ryan Crouser.

Additionally, the nominees include pole vault champion Mondo Duplantis and 400m hurdles world record holder Karsten Warholm of Norway.

This week, World Athletics’ Council and World Athletics Family will cast their votes via email, while fans can vote online via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

The World Athletics Council’s vote will count for 50% of the final result, while the votes from the World Athletics Family and the public will each count for 25%, according to World Athletics.

Voting will end on November 6 and five finalists will be announced, with the winner to be announced at the World Athletics Awards in December.

Museveni gifts Olympics medalists vehicles Peruth-Chemutai (1)
Peruth Chemutai, Cheptegei, and Kiplimo have each received brand new vehicles following a memorable Olympic performance. PHOTO/TWITTER

These are the nominees for Male World Athlete of the Year for 2021.

  1. Joshua Cheptegei (UGA)
  2. Ryan Crouser (USA)
  3. Mondo Duplantis (SWE)
  4. Jakob Ingebrigtsen (NOR)
  5. Eliud Kipchoge (KEN)
  6. Pedro Pichardo (POR)
  7. Daniel Stahl (SWE)
  8. Miltiadis Tentoglou (GRE)
  9. Damian Warner (CAN)
  10. Karsten Warholm (NOR)