In 2020, he became the tenth man in history to hold the 5,000 and 10,000 metres world records at the same time. He set the new 5k mark of 12 mins 35.36 secs in Monaco in August, breaking Kenenisa Bekele's 16-year-old record. In October, in Valencia, he ran 26 mins 11.00 secs in the 10k, improving on Bekele's 15-year-old record by more than six seconds.

I am very honoured to be nominated for the Laureus World Sports Awards. It fills me with pride that my performances are being appreciated, not just within athletics but within the wider sports world. It is a great privilege to be nominated amongst sports personalities whom I respect, both for their performances and how they inspire people around the world.

Joshua Cheptegei

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