World under-20 800m champion Emmanuel Wanyonyi is among the five nominees of the World Athletics 2021 Male Rising Star Award.
According to the World Athletics, “the nominations reflect the many incredible performances that the sport has witnessed this year, at the World Athletics U20 Championships in Nairobi, Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and other events around the world.”
Wanyonyi who prides himself with the World U20 leading time and National U18 800m record will battle out for the award against Sean Burrell and Erriyon Knighton both from USA, Tadese Worku from Ethiopia and Sasha Zhoya from France.
Burell holds the World U20 400m hurdles record, Knighton holds the World U20 200m record, Worku is the World U20 3000m champion and 5000m silver medalist while Zhoya is the World U20 110m hurdles champion.
The winner of the 2021 Male Rising Star Award will be selected by an international panel of experts and be announced live at the World Athletics Awards 2021 on 1 December.