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Marc Marquez up for prestigious Laureus Sportsman of the Year award

Marc Marquez lands his second nomination for the prestigious Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award for his 2019 MotoGP dominance

Marc Marquez’s 2019 MotoGP World Championship winning achievements have been recognised at the highest level after landing a nomination for the prestigious Laureus World Sportsman of the Year for 2020.

The annual awards shortlist the most deserving men and women in their respective categories, with Marquez among six global sporting superstars competing for the prize.

Marquez clinched his sixth MotoGP World Championship in seven seasons in 2019, with last year’s results tally of 12 wins and six second place finishes – and a winning margin of 151 points – considered his most comprehensive yet.

As such, Marquez goes up against the very best in across the sporting world for what is considered the most illustrious multi-sport prize.

He faces stiff opposition though from Britain’s Lewis Hamilton – who won his sixth F1 World Championship in 2019 – footballer Lionel Messi (Argentina), tennis player Rafael Nadal (Spain), marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge (Kenya) and golfer Tiger Woods (USA).

This is the second time Marquez has been nominated for the Laureus Sportsman of the Year Award after landing a nod in 2014 in recognition of winning the 2013 MotoGP title at his first attempt.

Of his rivals in the category, Nadal and Woods are previous winners of the title, while tennis players have largely dominated in recent years with 10 wins from the past 15 ceremonies.

Marquez will look go one better than Valentino Rossi, who has landed five nominations over the years without ever taking home the trophy.

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