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Eliud Kipchoge nominated for Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award

The votes are in and the world’s sports media have selected the highest achieving men, women and teams over the past calendar year as the nominees for the 2019 Laureus World Sports Awards, the world’s pre-eminent international sports awards.

Kenyan marathon world record-breaker Eliud Kipchoge, tennis world number one Novak Djokovic and NBA great LeBron James join FIFA World Cup Golden Ball winner Modric, Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton and FIFA Best Young Player Mbappé in what promises to be a hotly contested Laureus World Sportsman of the Year category.

Kipchoge took to social media to say he was honoured to be listed among ‘great athletes who all had such incredible performances’.

The Laureus World Sports Awards, which recognise sporting achievement during 2018, are the premier honours on the international sporting calendar.

The winners, as voted for by the 66 members of the Laureus World Sports Academy, will be unveiled at the 2019 Laureus World Sports Awards in Monaco on February 18.

Here is the full list of the nominees.

Laureus World Sportsman of the Year

  • Novak Djokovic (Serbia) Tennis
  • Lewis Hamilton (UK) Motor Racing
  • LeBron James (USA) Basketball
  • Eliud Kipchoge (Kenya) Athletics
  • Kylian Mbappé (France) Football
  • Luka Modric (Croatia) Football

Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year

  • Simone Biles (USA) Gymnastics
  • Simona Halep (Romania) Tennis
  • Angelique Kerber (Germany) Tennis
  • Ester Ledecka (Czech Republic) Skiing / Snowboarding
  • Daniela Ryf (Switzerland) Ironman Triathlon
  • Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) Skiing

Laureus World Team of the Year

  • European Ryder Cup Team – Golf
  • France Men’s Football Team
  • Golden State Warriors (USA) Basketball
  • Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team (Germany)
  • Norway Winter Olympics Team
  • Real Madrid (Spain) Football

Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year

  • Ana Carrasco (Spain) Motor Cycling
  • Sofia Goggia (Italy) Skiing
  • Jakob Ingebrigtsen (Norway) Athletics
  • Naomi Osaka (Japan) Tennis
  • Geraint Thomas (UK) Cycling
  • Briana Williams (Jamaica) Athletics

Laureus World Comeback of the Year

  • Yuzuru Hanyu (Japan) Skating
  • Mark McMorris (Canada) Snowboarding
  • Bibian Mentel-Spee (Netherlands) Snowboarding
  • Vinesh Phogat (India) Wrestling
  • Lindsey Vonn (USA) Skiing
  • Tiger Woods (USA) Golf

Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability

  • Henrieta Farkasova (Slovakia) Skiing
  • Diede de Groot (Netherlands) Wheelchair Tennis
  • Brian McKeever (Canada) Cross-country Skiing
  • Oksana Masters (USA) Cross-country Skiing
  • Grigorios Polychronidis (Greece) Boccia
  • Markus Rehm (Germany) Athletics

Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year

  • Maya Gabeira (Brazil) Surfing
  • Anna Gasser (Austria) Snowboarding
  • Stephanie Gilmore (Australia) Surfing
  • Chloe Kim (USA) Snowboarding
  • Gabriel Medina (Brazil) Surfing
  • Shaun White (USA) Snowboarding