Kenyan athlete Brigid Kosgei nominated for global sports award

Thursday February 25 2021
Brigid Kosgei.

Kenya's Brigid Kosgei poses for a photograph after winning the elite women's race of the 2019 London Marathon on April 28, 2019. PHOTO | AFP

By Bernard Rotich

World marathon record holder Brigid Kosgei has been nominated for the 2021 Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award.

The award, held annually, celebrates the world’s greatest athletes and teams.

She will be up against Anna van der Breggen (Netherlands) -Cycling, Federica Brignone (Italy) – Skiing, Naomi Osaka (Japan) –Tennis, Wendie Renard (France) –Football and Breanna Stewart (USA) – Basketball.

2021 Laureus nominees.

A photo showing the nominees for the 2021 Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award. PHOTO | POOL

The Kenyan athlete won the rescheduled London Marathon by over three minutes, having broken away from the pack 18 miles (29km) into the race.

Kosgei finished in a time of 2 hrs 18.58 mins. She has now won one of the classic Marathons in each of the last three years – 2018 Chicago, 2019 London and Chicago and 2020 London.


Kosgei said she is happy good things are coming her way and is looking forward to winning the award.

“This is a sign of good things this year despite the challenges we have gone through as athletes and I’m looking forward to winning the award,” said Kosgei, on phone from her training base in Elgeyo Marakwet County in the Rift Valley.

Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei has been nominated in the men's category. Vivian Cheruiyot is the only Kenyan to have won the award in 2012. 

Winners will be announced at a virtual event in May.