• Vivian Cheruiyot nominated for Laureus 2012 Sportswoman Award

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  • Kenya's Vivian Cheruiyot has been nominated for the 2012 Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award.Kenya's Vivian Cheruiyot has been nominated for the 2012 Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award.
Dec 01, 2011-

Barely a month after Kenyan long distance runner Vivian Cheruiyot missed out on the 2011 IAAF Female award which she had been highly tipped to win, she has been nominated for the prestigious Laureus World Sportswoman of 2012.

Cheruyoit is among 13 nominees for he award and is the favourite amongst the clutch of gold medal winners from the World Athletics Championships in Daegu.

Laureus described the diminutive runner as the 'most impressive candidate, who established herself as one of the great distance runners of this generation after winning the 5,000 metres and 10,000 metres gold medals.’

Besides the gold medal from Daegu, Cheruiyot also won the World Cross-Country Championship in Punta Umbria in Spain achievements that have also placed her as the front-runner for the Kenyan Sports Personality of the Year Awards, SOYA which will be held on December 14 in at the Nairobi Aboretum.

The Laureus World Sports Awards is recognized as the premier honours event in the international sporting calendar and the Awards Ceremony provides a high profile focus as stars of the sporting world come together to salute the finest sportsmen and sportswomen of the year.

The winners will be unveiled during a globally televised Awards Ceremony in London on Monday, February 6.

The other nominees for the Laureus award include Homare Sawa who captained Japan to its first ever FIFA Women's World Cup with victory over the United States and was also awarded the Golden Boot for being the tournament's leading scorer, with five goals, and the Golden Ball for being the top player, Golfer Yani Tseng from Taiwan , who at 22, has ten wins, including two Major Championships - the Wegmans LPGA Championship and the Ricoh British Open.

Others are 100m World champion Carmelita Jeter who was also part of the triumphant Jamaican 4 by 100m team, heptathlon champion Russian Tatyana Chernova, New Zealand’s Valerie Adams(Shotput champion),Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and five Winter sports great.

The Laureus World Sports Awards, which recognise sporting achievement during 2011, are the premier honours on the international sporting calendar.

The names of the six Nominees for the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award, as voted by the Laureus Media Selection Panel, will be announced on December 15.

The eventual winner will then be chosen by the 47 members of the Laureus World Sports Academy, the living legends of sport honouring the greatest athletes .


 Sportsnewsarena Correspondent

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