SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR 2018

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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.
Nominees are listed in alphabetical order.

Mo Farah (UK) Athletics
In his final track season before switching to the marathon, he won the 10,000 metres gold and 5,000 metres silver medals in the World Championships in London. His 10k win was his sixth world title. Has also won the 5k / 10k double twice in the Olympic Games.
 


Roger Federer (Switzerland) Tennis
Won his fifth Australian Open and eighth Wimbledon title in 2017, becoming only the second man in the Open Era to win Wimbledon without dropping a set. Has now won a record 19 Grand Slam men’s singles titles. Also won the Sunshine Double - Indian Wells and Miami Masters. His victory in the Swiss Indoors in October was his 95th career title.



Chris Froome (UK) Cycling
Winner of the Tour de France for the third straight time, and the fourth time in five years. Only Anquetil, Merckx, Hinault and Indurain have won five. Just one month later he also won the Vuelta d’ Espana, becoming the first man to do the Tour-Vuelta double in the same year, since the Vuelta moved to its current position in the racing calendar.



Lewis Hamilton (UK) Motor Racing
Driving for the Mercedes-AMG Petronas team, he won his fourth Formula One world title in 2017, equalling Sebastian Vettel and Alain Prost. Only Michael Schumacher (seven) and Juan Manuel Fangio (five) are ahead of him. He won nine Grand Prix during the year and is now Britain’s most successful F1 driver, having overtaken Jackie Stewart who won three.


Rafael Nadal (Spain) Tennis
Won two Grand Slam tournaments in a season for the first time since 2013, including a record 10th French Open, in which he only lost 35 games in seven matches. Also won his third US Open. He is now second on the all-time list of Grand Slam winners with 16, overtaking Pete Sampras. He finished the year as world No.1.



Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) Football
Became the first man to score in three Champions League finals, when Real Madrid beat Juventus in May; the Spanish club’s third success in four years. During 2016/17 he became the first man to score 100 goals in the Champions League, and also reached 400 career goals for Real Madrid and 600 goals in total. In August, for Portugal, he scored his fifth international hat-trick, surpassing Pele’s record.