alexa Vivian in line for the prestigious Laureus accolades - Daily Nation

Vivian in line for the prestigious Laureus accolades

Thursday December 15 2011


Just after earning Kenya’s top sports award on Wednesday night, “Pocket Rocket” Vivian Cheruiyot is in line for greater things.

Coming hot on the heels of her Kenya Sports Personality of the Year Award (Soya) triumph, the policewoman has been nominated for the prestigious Laureus World Sports Awards following a ballot by the world’s media.

Premier international honours

Argentina’s charismatic football star Lionel Messi has been nominated for the third straight time for the award and his team, FC Barcelona, nominated as Laureus World Team of the Year for the fourth time.

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

Voted by the greatest in sports

The winners, as voted by the Laureus World Sports Academy – the ultimate sports jury, made up of 47 of the greatest sportsmen and sportswomen of all time – will be unveiled at a televised ceremony in London on February 6.

Cheruiyot and American Carmelita Jeter are shortlisted after gold medal performances in the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea.

Nominees for the 2012 Laureus World Sports Awards

Laureus World Sportsman of the Year: Usain Bolt (Jamaica) Athletics, Novak Djokovic (Serbia) Tennis, Cadel Evans (Australia) Cycling, Lionel Messi (Argentina) Football, Dirk Nowitzki (Germany) Basketball, Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Motor Racing

Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year: Vivian Cheruiyot (Kenya) Athletics – won World Championship 5k & 10K and cross country title; Maria Höfl-Riesch (Germany) Alpine Skiing – beat Lindsey Vonn to win overall World Cup; Carmelita Jeter (USA) Athletics – won 100m and 4 x 100m relay gold medals in World Championships; Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) Tennis – won her first Grand Slam at Wimbledon, plus WTA Championship; Homare Sawa (Japan) Football – won Golden Ball and Golden Boot in Fifa World Cup; Yani Tseng (Taiwan) Golf – at 22, won two golf Majors and headed LPGA money list by over US$1 million

Laureus World Team of the Year: All Blacks (New Zealand) Rugby – won 2011 Rugby World Cup in their own country; FC Barcelona (Spain) Football – won Champions League and Spanish League in 2010/11; Dallas Mavericks (USA) Basketball – won their first ever NBA Championship; England Cricket Team – became world No.1 after Ashes win in Australia and beating India 4-0; Japan Women’s Football Team – became first Asian team to win Fifa Women’s World Cup; Red Bull (Austria) Motor Racing – won second straight F1 Constructors World Championship

Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year

Yohan Blake (Jamaica) Athletics – at 21, won 100m gold medal in World Championships

Mo Farah (UK) Athletics – winner of the 5,000 metres gold medal in the World Championships

Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) Tennis – at 21, won her first Grand Slam at Wimbledon

Rory McIlroy (UK) Golf – at 22, won US Open, his first Major Championship

Li Na (China) Tennis – won French Open to become China’s first ever Grand Slam winner

Oscar Pistorius (SA) Athletics – first amputee to win track medal in non-disabled World Championships

Laureus World Comeback of the Year

Eric Abidal (France) Football – beat cancer to play in winning Barcelona Champions League team

Darren Clarke (UK) Golf – at 42, recovered from slump in form to win Open Championship

Crusaders (NZ) Rugby – despite Christchurch earthquake, Crusaders reached final of Super 15

Sergio Garcia (Spain) Golf – won two European Tour events, after three years without a victory

Liu Xiang (China) Athletics – after 2008 Olympic disappointment, won silver in World Championships

Queensland Reds (Australia) Rugby – won Super 15 rugby despite floods in Queensland

Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability

Daniel Dias (Brazil) Swimming – won 11 gold medals in 11 events at Parapan Games

Terezinha Guilhermina (Brazil) Athletics – won 4 gold medals in IPC World Championships

Oscar Pistorius (SA) Athletics – first amputee to win track medal in non-disabled World Championships

Esther Vergeer (Netherlands) Wheelchair Tennis – unbeaten in singles for more than eight years

David Weir (UK) Wheelchair Athletics – won 3 gold medals in IPC World Championships

Irek Zaripov (Russia) Nordic Skiing – won 6 medals in IPC World Skiing Championships

Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year

Jamie Bestwick (UK) BMX – came back from fractured skull to win 5th straight X Games gold

Philip Köster (Germany) Windsurfing – became PWA Wave World Champion at 17

Carissa Moore (US) Surfing – won her first World Surfing Championship at 19

Travis Rice (US) Snowboarding – takes on the world’s most intimidating descents

Kelly Slater (US) Surfing – won 11th World Surfing Championship at 39

Shaun White (US) Skateboarding/Snowboarding – won Winter and Summer X Games gold