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Mo Farah among Laureus World Sports Awards nomineesJanuary 16, 2018
Allyson Felix, Sally Pearson, Justin Gatlin and Marcel Hug are also among those included in awards shortlists
Mo Farah, Allyson Felix and Justin Gatlin are among the athletes to have been nominated for Laureus World Sports Awards.
A total of seven track and field athletes have been shortlisted across the range of awards categories.
Britain’s Farah, who won his 10th global track title with 10,000m gold at last summer’s IAAF World Championships in London, is nominated for the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award, while USA’s 16-time world sprint medallist Felix and South Africa’s three-time world 800m gold medallist Caster Semenya are both in the running in the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year category.
“I’ve been nominated a few times for a Laureus award, but haven’t quite managed to get this one over the line yet!” said Farah, who in December was named the BBC sports personality of the year. “2017 was an incredible year for me and I’m overwhelmed with the support and recognition I’ve already received but winning a Laureus statuette would be amazing.
“It would be even more special given the super talented sportsmen I’m up against, like Cristiano Ronaldo, Lewis Hamilton and Roger Federer! The winner is announced next month but whatever happens, thanks to Laureus and to the world’s media, who voted to nominate me.”
Nominees in the Laureus World Comeback of the Year category include Australia’s world 100m hurdles champion Sally Pearson, who battled back after serious injury, and USA’s world 100m champion Gatlin.
Switzerland’s Marcel Hug, who won triple gold at the World Para Athletics Championships in London, and Markus Rehm, who claimed his fourth world T44 long jump title in the UK capital, are the athletics stars nominated in the Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability category.
The winners, as voted for by members of the Laureus World Sports Academy, will be announced in Monaco on February 27. The shortlists were compiled following a ballot by the world’s sports media.