Cheptegei nominated for world athlete of the year award

Uganda's Joshua Cheptegei celebrates with the national flag after winning the men's 5000m final during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on August 6, 2021. PHOTO/FILE/AFP

What you need to know:

  • Cheptegei, 25, will have a shot at the iconic accolade for the third year in a row after winning the 10000m silver medal and later a 5000m gold medal during the Olympics Games in Japanese capital Tokyo.
  • “The World Athletics Council’s vote will count for 50% of the result, while the World Athletics Family’s votes and the public votes will each count for 25% of the final result,” read World Athletics’ statement.

Joshua Cheptegei has made global success a habit- which is uncommon with most Ugandan sportsmen.


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