World record breaker Joshua Cheptegei on IAAF’s final male Athlete of the Year contenders’ list
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World record breaker Joshua Cheptegei on IAAF’s final male Athlete of the Year contenders’ list

Uganda’s long distance ace Joshua Cheptegei has maintained his appearance on the final 2020 Male World Athlete of the Year shortlist as World Athletics announces the names of the five finalists.

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.

The finalists are (in alphabetical order):

Joshua Cheptegei, Uganda

– Broke world records at 5000m (12:35.36), 10,000m (26:11.00) and 5km on the roads (12:51).
– Was fourth at the World Athletics Half Marathon Championships on his debut over the distance.

Ryan Crouser, USA

– Undefeated in 10 shot put competitions.
– His 22.91m world-leading performance moved him to equal third on the world all-time list.

Mondo Duplantis, Sweden

– Broke the world record in the pole vault twice (6.17m and 6.18m) and produced the highest outdoor vault of all time (6.15m).
– Undefeated in 16 competitions.

Johannes Vetter, Germany

– Won eight of his nine javelin competitions.
– Threw a world-leading 97.76m, the second farthest throw in history.

Karsten Warholm, Norway

– Ran a world-leading 46.87 in the 400m hurdles, the second fastest performance in history.
– Undefeated in nine 400m/400m hurdles races and set world best of 33.78 in 300m hurdles.

The male and female World Athletes of the Year will be announced live at the World Athletics Awards 2020 to be staged as a virtual event on Saturday 5 December and streamed live on the World Athletics YouTube channel, its Facebook page and via Twitter.

Voting procedure for 2020 World Athletes of the Year

A three-way voting process determined the finalists.

The World Athletics Council and the World Athletics Family cast their votes by email, while fans voted online via world athletics’ social media platforms. The Council’s vote counted for 50% of the result, while the Athletics Family’s votes and the public votes each counted for 25% of the final result.

Voting for the Male World Athlete of the Year closed on 15 November.

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