Athletics trio could add to their numerous achievements of 2012 with recognition at prestigious awards
British athletics stars Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah and David Weir have been named as three of the five Brits to receive nominations for next year’s prestigious Laureus World Sports Awards.
The nominations, which were announced in Rio de Janeiro where the awards will be held next March, also include tennis ace Andy Murray and cyclist Bradley Wiggins.
Farah’s 5,000m and 10,000m victories at the London 2012 Olympics see him shortlisted for the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award alongside Wiggins, while Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt has also been named in this category.
Olympic gold medallist Ennis will also be up against some serious competition in the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year category, with the heptathlete named alongside US sprinter Allyson Felix and Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.
Weir has been nominated for Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability for his four golds in London, with Nambian sprinter Johanna Benson and T44 200m gold medallist Alan Fonteles Oliveir of Brazil also nominated in this category.
Kirani James, who is profiled in this week’s (Dec 13) AW, has been nominated for the Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year award after winning Grenada’s first ever Olympic medal with 400m success in London, while Laureus World Comeback of the Year nominees include Ethiopia’s Tirunesh Dibaba, who won the 10,000m in London after injury, and Felix Sanchez from the Dominican Republic, who claimed 400m hurdles gold in London, eight years after doing so in Athens.
Edwin Moses, Chairman of the Laureus World Sports Academy, said: “I always feel in an Olympic year that you are likely to see a strong group of potential nominees and this year is certainly a great example of that.
“The Laureus Sportsman of the Year Award particularly is going to be one of the closest contests ever when you look at the wonderful collection of names we have, with the likes of Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps and newcomers like Mo Farah and Bradley Wiggins.
“But the list goes on, in every category. This is really the crème de la crème of sport.”
The 2013 Laureus World Sports Awards are to be held at the Municipal Theatre for a globally televised Awards Ceremony on March 11.