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Farah up against the worlds best with Laureus nomination
Mo Farah has been nominated alongside 5 other of the worlds greatest male athletes for the coveted Laureus Sportsman of the year award for 2014.
Farah lines up against LeBron James from the Miami Heat, former winners Rafa Nadal and Usain Bolt, Formula 1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo for the showpiece event that takes place on March 26 at a glittering ceremony in Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia.
Since the inaugural event in 2000, the Laureus Awards have become recognised as the Oscars for sports, celebrating supreme athletic achievement by the worlds greatest sports stars with the ceremony being hosted in some of the worlds most glamorous locations.
The ceremony also provides the ideal platform for Laureus to showcase their sport for good foundation that uses the power of sport the provide coaching and education to some of the most challenging and deprived environments around the world hence improving social infrastructure in these struggling areas.
All the 2014 nominees will have the opportunity of joining some of the elite winners of the award from the past such as Roger Federer, Tiger Woods, Cathy Freeman and Serena Williams with the winners cementing their place in Laureus sporting history come March 26.
In the hotly contested category for sportsman of the year award, Usain Bolt is looking to scoop the award for the third time following another phenomenal year. Bolt won gold in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow, a feat he achieved at the Beijing and London Olympics. He was also awarded the IAAF male athlete of the year for a 5th time.
Mo Farah continued his incredible performance by winning the 5000m and 10000m, also at the world championships, repeating his Olympic performance which has only ever been achieved by 1 other athlete, Kenenisa Bekele.
Miami Heat’s LeBron James is the big superstar stateside in the NBA. James led the Heat to the NBA championship over San Antonio with 37 points in game 7 and was voted the MVP during both the regular season and the final. It was the 4th time in 5 years James was awarded the regular season MVP.
Rafa Nada,l a Laureus winner in 2011, stormed back to the top of the world tennis rankings following a 7 month injury layoff. Many had written the Spaniard off however his return in 2013 proved to be one of the most spectacular years in the mens game. Nadal won 10 events including the French Open for a record 8th time and the US Open. In all he competed in 13 events and in the other 3 he was a losing finalist.
Christiano Ronaldo finally wrestled the Ballon D’Or away from Argentine Lionel Messi after a superb year which saw him score 69 gos for Real Madrid and Portugal.
The final nominee is German Formula 1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel, who in 2013 clinched his 4th consecutive world championship driving for his team Red Bull. Vettel joined the illustrious company of Michael Schumacher, Fangio and Prost as the only drivers to have won 4 or more championships.
The nominations for the sportswoman of the year award will also be a tightly decided contest.
Nadine Angerer captained Germany to a 6th straight European Championship.
Missy Franklin became the first woman to win 6 gold medals at the World Swimming Championships in Barcelona.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won the 100m, 200m and 4x100m gold at the World Athletic Championships in Moscow.
Former Laureus winner Yelena Isinbayeva followed up her Olympic pole vault wins in 2004 and 2008 with World Championship gold under the huge weight of expectation in her home country of Russia.
Tina Maze had one of the most successful years on the slopes ever seen. She won the overall, Super-G, giant slalom and combined world titles. She also secured the Super-G gold and silver at the world championships.
And finally another former Laureus winner, Serena Williams, much like her male counterpart, Nadal, enjoyed one of the most successful years in ladies tennis. Williams lifted the French and US Open titles to take her career Slam haul to 17 and also won 8 other titles.
The team of the year nominees include the All Blacks rugby team following a year that saw them win all 14 Test matches they played, Bayern Munich who lifted the treble including the Champions League and smashed all sorts of Bundesliga records along the way, Brazil’s football team that won a 4th Confederations Cup, Bob and Mike Bryan became the first doubles pair to hold all 4 Grand Slam doubles titles and the Olympic Gold all at the same time when they won their 15th Grand Slam title, The Miami Heat secured a second straight NBA Championship and Red Bull racing that cinched their 4th consecutive Formula 1 World Championship in a season that saw them win 13 races including a record 9 consecutive wins.
Other nominations for the 2014 Laureus awards are;
Yelena Isinbayeva, Rafa Nadal, Oracle Team USA, Tiger Woods, Tony Parker, Ronaldinho
Afghanistan cricket team, Marc Marquez, Raphael Holzdeppe, Nairo Quintana, Justin Rose, Adam Scott
Jamie Bestick, Bob Burnquist, Mick Fanning, John John Florence, Maya Gabeira, Shaun White
Marie Bochet, Marcel Hug, Tatyana McFadden, Sophie Pascoe, Sarah Louise Rung, Olga Sviderska