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Messi, Bolt and Djokovic among nominees for world's best male athlete

Serena Williams and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce are in the running for the Laureus sportswoman award.

Lionel Messi.
Lionel Messi.
Image: Frank Augstein

NOVAK DJOKOVIC, USAIN Bolt and Lionel Messi are among the six nominees for the Laureus Awards in the category of Best Male Athlete of 2015, the foundation announced today.

The 17th edition of the Laureus World Sports Awards, which honour the prowess of the planet’s best sportsmen and women, will be held on 18 April in Berlin.

Djokovic, who won three Grand Slam titles, Bolt, who won three gold medals at the world athletics championships, and Messi, who won the 2015 Ballon d’Or, are joined by Formula One’s Lewis Hamilton, American basketballer Stephen Curry and golfer Jordan Spieth.

US tennis star Serena Williams, who came close to winning all four Grand Slam titles, is among the six nominations for the women’s trophy.

New Zealand’s rugby team, the All Blacks, are in the running for the team award having successfully defended their crown at the 2015 Rugby World Cup hosted by England.

Nominees

Sportsman: Usain Bolt (athletics), Stephen Curry (basketball), Novak Djokovic (tennis), Lewis Hamilton (motorsport), Lionel Messi (football), Jordan Spieth (golf).

Sportswoman: Genzebe Dibaba (athletics), Anna Fenninger (skiing), Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (athletics), Katie Ledecky (swimming), Carli Lloyd (football), Serena Williams (tennis)

Team: All Blacks (rugby), Barcelona (football), Golden State Warriors (basketball), Great Britain Davis Cup team (tennis), Mercedes Formula One team (motorsport), US women’s team (football).

Comeback: Dan Carter (rugby), Jessica Ennis-Hill (athletics), Mick Fanning (surfing), Michael Phelps (swimming), David Rudisha (athletics), Lindsey Vonn (skiing)

Breakthrough: Chile men’s team (football), Jason Day (golf), Tyson Fury (boxing), Adam Peaty (swimming), Jordan Spieth (golf), Max Vestappen (motorsport)

- © AFP, 2016 

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