Marathon Legend Eliud Kipchoge to Battle it out With Robert Lewandowski for Prestigious Award

Marathon Legend Eliud Kipchoge to Battle it out With Robert Lewandowski for Prestigious Award

Rene Otinga
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:55 PM
  • Kipchoge has received yet another nomination after his heroic performance at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021
  • The 36-year-old became only the third athlete in history to successfully defend his Olympic crown in the marathons
  • He has been nominated for the Laureus Sportsman of the Year Award alongside the likes of Robert Lewandowski and F1 driver Max Verstappen

Eliud Kipchoge has been nominated for yet another prestigious award, this time battling it out with the likes of Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski.

The marathoner considered the greatest ever in that field, is among the nominees for the Laureus Sportsman of the Year Award.

Kipchoge successfully defended his Olympics crown in Tokyo last year. Photo: Getty.
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His heroics in the Tokyo games in 2021 seem to still be earning the marathoner recognition.

F1's Max Verstappen is also among the nominees for the prestigious award.

Laureus Sport revealed on Wednesday, February 2 the official list of nominees and Kipchoge was among the six selected.

Others included NFL player Tom Brady, Bayern Munich footballer Robert Lewandowski, Formula One world champion Verstappen, tennis player Novak Djokovic and swimmer Caleb Dressel.

Kipchoge’s deserved nomination

Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kipchoge somehow overcame the odds to shine brightest at the Olympics and earn Kenya yet another medal in the marathons.

Notably, the 36-year-old became only the third athlete to successfully defend his Olympic gold at the marathon.

He did it in style as well, clocking an impressive 2 hours, 8 minutes, 38 seconds - a massive 1 minute, 20 seconds before his closest rival Abdi Nageeye.

Thompson-Herah nominated

In the women’s category, Olympic champions Elaine Thompson-Herah of Jamaica and America’s Allyson Felix will battle it out for the Sportswoman of the Year award.

Elaine Thompson-Herah is a heavy favourite, having already been crowned the World Female Athlete of the Year.

She had the Olympics of her dreams in Tokyo last year thanks to her triple gold medal-winning performance that saw her win the 100m, 200m and 4x100m.

Other nominees in the women’s category include swimmers Emma McKeon and Katie Ledecky, tennis player Ashleigh Barty and Barcelona football player Alexia Putellas.

Kiprop aiming for comeback after ban

In other news, Sports Brief reported of Asbel Kiprop's intentions to get back on track after completing his four year ban over alleged doping.

Effective Wednesday, February 2, Kiprop will be eligible to compete in games after serving the lengthy ban.

In a statement on his Facebook Page, Kiprop said he was looking forward to what he termed a ‘transparent comeback and gradual progress’.

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Rene Otinga is a sports journalist with over eight years of working experience in digital media. Rene's experience includes working as a Copywriter at X News Kenya and