- Eliud Kipchoge is among five athletes who will be gunning for the 2021 edition of the World Athletics Award
- Kipchoge made the final cut for the prize after a stellar year that saw him successfully defend his Olympic crown in Tokyo
- The Kenyan marathoner has previously won the award twice and will be looking to win it for the third time
Kenyan marathon icon Eliud Kipchoge is among five athletes who have made the final shortlist for the prestigious World Athletics Award.
Kipchoge will be coming up against Uganda's Joshua Cheptegei, Swedish pole vaulter Mondo Duplantis, Olympic shotput champion Ryan Courser and Norway's Karsten Warholm.
The quintet made the shortlist for the prize after a stellar 2021 in their respective disciplines.
Kipchoge was in action in two major events including the NM Athletics Marathon in the Netherlands and the Olympics Games in Sapporo, Japan.
The marathoner was in fine shape in both competitions, winning both as he cemented his name as one of the greatest marathoners in history.
Having already won the award twice (in 2018 and 2019), Kipchoge will be keen to become only the third athlete to win it three times or more after Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt and Moroccan 1500m icon, Hicham El Guerrouj.
However, he is sure to face still competition given the other four athletes equally had a successful year.
Cheptegei, for instance, won two gold medals during Tokyo Olympics after conquering both the 5000m and 10,000m races.
Duplantis heads into the award with the hope of reclaiming it having been crowned the winner during the 2020 edition.
The winner of the 2021 award will be announced on Wednesday, December 1.
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Only recently Kipchoge was named the Best Male Athlete of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
TUKO.co.ke reported Kipchoge was feted with the prestigious prize following his heroics during the postponed Summer Games staged in Japan between June and July.
At the time, the legendary marathoner withstood the harsh weather conditions in Sapporo to storm to victory in the men's marathon race on the final day of the Summer Games.
Source: Sports Brief News