Cheruiyot and Pistorius win prestigious world sport awards

Cheruiyot and Pistorius win prestigious world sport awards

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Vivian Cheruiyot was named the Laureus Sportswoman of the Year Award winner for 2011 at a gala event in London on Monday (6) evening.

The Kenyan, 28, became just the second woman to ever capture a 5000/10,000m double victory at a World Championships with her dominating runs in Daegu. Her double gold performance capped an undefeated season on the track and added to the World Cross Country title she won earlier in the year.

Cheruiyot also produced world-leading times in the 3000 and 5000m last year and was also unbeaten in Samsung Diamond League competition, taking home the 5000m Diamond Race Trophy.

South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius, dubbed the ‘Blade Runner’ because he uses carbon fibre blades, was presented with the Laureus Disability Award, after becoming the first amputee to win a track medal in the non-disabled World Championships, a silver in the 4 x 400 metres relay.

Other nominees from the world of athletics for the top prize included Carmelita Jeter of the U.S., the World 100m champion and 200m silver medallist and 200m World champion Usain Bolt. Yohan Blake of Jamaica, the World 100m champion and World 5000m champion Mo Farah of Great Britain, were both nominated in the World Breakthrough of the Year category. Liu Xiang of China, the former Olympic champion and World record holder, was nominated in the World Comeback of the Year category.

The Laureus World Sports Awards are one of the premiere honours on the international sporting calendar. The winners are chosen by the Laureus World Sports Academy, a jury made up of 47 of the greatest sportsmen and sportswomen of all time.

Proceeds from the Laureus World Sports Awards directly benefit and underpin the work of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, which supports 91 community sports projects in 34 countries around the world, including five in London. Since its inception, Laureus has raised €40 million for projects which have improved the lives of more than one-and-a-half million young people.

Laureus is a universal movement that celebrates the power of sport to bring people together as a force for good. Composed of three core elements - the Laureus World Sports Academy, the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation and the Laureus World Sports Awards - Laureus collectively celebrate sporting excellence and use sport as the means to promote social change.

Bob Ramsak for the IAAF