BY Idris Shehu
Tobi Amusan, the world record holder for 100m hurdles, has been nominated for the 2023 Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year award.
The 25-year-old world hurdles champion alongside five others made the list released by the organisers on Monday.
The award, launched in 1999, is aimed at honouring individuals and teams from the world of sports along with sporting achievements throughout the year under review.
Amusan is the first Nigerian to be nominated for the award.
Other contenders for the prize are Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan, Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz, the US duo of Scottie Scheffler and Nathan Chen, and the Moroccan national team.
Amusan had a breakthrough year in 2022 when she became the first Nigerian to be crowned world champion after storming to a sensational 12.06 seconds in the 110m hurdles final — but a strong in-race tailwind which was higher than allowed meant it was not acknowledged.
She consolidated her feat with a gold medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games before retaining her Diamond League title to put a brilliant wrap on her season.
Meanwhile, for the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award, Lionel Messi will contest with Kylian Mbappe, Stephen Curry, Rafael Nadal, Max Verstappen, and Mondo Duplantis for the prize.
Below is the full list of nominees:
LAUREUS WORLD SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD
Steph Curry (USA)
Mondo Duplantis (Sweden)
Kylian Mbappé (France)
Lionel Messi (Argentina)
Rafael Nadal (Spain)
Max Verstappen (Netherlands)
LAUREUS WORLD SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (Jamaica)
Katie Ledecky (USA)
Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone (USA)
Alexia Putellas (Spain)
Mikaela Shiffrin (USA)
Iga Świątek (Poland)
LAUREUS WORLD TEAM OF THE YEAR AWARD
Argentina Men’s Football Team
England Women’s Football Team
France Men’s Rugby Team
Golden State Warriors (USA)
Real Madrid (Spain)
Oracle Red Bull Racing (Austria)
LAUREUS WORLD BREAKTHROUGH OF THE YEAR AWARD
Carlos Alcaraz (Spain)
Tobi Amusan (Nigeria)
Nathan Chen (USA)
Morocco Men’s Football Team
Elena Rybakina (Kazakhstan)
LAUREUS SPORTSPERSON OF THE YEAR WITH A DISABILITY AWARD
Diede de Groot (Netherlands)
Catherine Debrunner (Switzerland)
Declan Farmer (USA)
Cameron Leslie (New Zealand)
Oksana Masters (USA)
Jesper Saltvik Pedersen (Norway)
LAUREUS WORLD ACTION SPORTSPERSON OF THE YEAR AWARD
Justine Dupont (France)
Stephanie Gilmore (Australia)
Eileen Gu (China)
Chloe Kim (USA)
Rayssa Leal (Brazil)
Filipe Toledo (Brazil)
LAUREUS SPORT FOR GOOD AWARD
Programmes shortlisted by a specialist selection panel; Laureus Academy select the Award recipient
High Five (Germany)
Made For More (South Africa)
Slum Soccer (India)