LAUREUS WORLD SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR 2015 NOMINEES
Awarded to the sportsman who best demonstrates supreme athletic performance and achievement - such as consecutive or multiple world, continental, international or national and major championship titles or the establishment of world records or best performances.
Won Wimbledon for the second time, defeating Roger Federer in the final in five sets. It was his seventh career Grand Slam title and his victory meant he replaced Rafael Nadal as world No.1. He also won the ATP Finals for the third time in a row. It was his seventh victory of the year, during which he only lost eight times in 69 matches. Won the Laureus Sportsman of the Year Award in 2012.
(United Kingdom) Motor Racing
Won his second Formula One World Championship, with 11 Grand Prix victories. He was behind for much of the season to Mercedes AMG Petronas team-mate Nico Rosberg, but won six of the final seven Grand Prix to clinch a memorable world title, winning five consecutive races for the first time. With 33 wins he is now the most successful British driver ever, overtaking Nigel Mansell who won 31.
Jumped 6.16 metres in Donetsk to break Laureus World Sports Academy Member Sergey Bubka’s pole vault record of 6.15 metres which had stood for almost 21 years. He won 21 out of 22 competitions during the year, including winning the gold medal in the European Championship. He won six Diamond League races and was named IAAF Men’s Athlete of the Year.
(United Kingdom) Golf
The No.1 golfer in the world with victories in two Major Championships in 2014 – The Open and the USPGA. He also won the flagship BMW PGA Championship on the European Tour at Wentworth and the World Golf Championship-Bridgestone event. McIlroy is the first European to win three different Majors, which he achieved at just 25. He led the prize money list on both European and US Tours.
Winner of the Ballon d’Or as World Player of the Year, he was also named UEFA Player of the Year at the end of last season after scoring a record 17 goals for Real Madrid as they won the Champions League/ European Cup for the tenth time. Real Madrid also won the Spanish Copa del Rey and UEFA Super Cup. In December, he scored his 23rd hat-trick and his 200th goal in Spain’s La Liga.
Won his second straight World MotoGP title, at the age of 21. He opened the year with ten straight Grand Prix wins, then added three more to reach a season total of 13, beating the record of Laureus Academy Member Mick Doohan, who won 12 in 1997. Marquez is one of only four riders to have won world titles in three different classes. He won the Laureus Breakthrough Award last year.