12 Feb 2015

Adams up for top world sport award

9:08 am on 12 February 2015

New Zealand shot-putter Valerie Adams came away empty-handed from the Halbergs last night, but she's now up for one of world sports' biggest awards.

Shot put star Valerie Adams

Shotput star Valerie Adams Photo: PHOTOSPORT

After going through the year unbeaten and winning world indoor and Commonwealth Games gold, she's been named a finalist for the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award.

It also comes after she was recently named female athlete of the year by the International Association of Athletics Federations.

She'll compete against tennis great Serena Williams for the award, who last month won 19th grand slam title at the Australian Open.

In the men's category, footballer Cristiano Ronaldo will face stiff competition from formula one driver Lewis Hamilton and golfer Rory McIlroy.

Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award finalists:

Novak Djokovic (Serbia) Tennis - won Wimbledon for second time; replaced Rafael Nadal as world No.1.

Lewis Hamilton (UK) Motor Racing - won second Formula One World Championship, with 11 victories.

Renaud Lavillenie (France) Athletics - broke Sergey Bubka's 21-year-old pole vault world record.

Rory McIlroy (UK) Golf - No.1 golfer in the world, won The Open and USPGA Major Championships.

Marc Márquez (Spain) Motor Cycling - won his second straight World MotoGP title at the age of 21.

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) Football - winner of the Ballon d'Or/World Player of the Year award.

Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award finalists:

Valerie Adams (NZ) Athletics - undefeated in shot put for four years; was IAAF Women's Athlete of Year.

Marit Bjørgen (Norway) Nordic Skiing - in Sochi became most decorated female Winter Olympian.

Genzebe Dibaba (Ethiopia) Athletics - broke three world records in three different events in two weeks.

Tina Maze (Slovenia) Alpine Skiing - won two gold medals in the Winter Olympics, Slovenia's first ever.

Li Na (China) Tennis - won second Grand Slam, reached world No.2 ranking, then had to retire.

Serena Williams (US) Tennis - won 18th career Grand Slam, level with Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova.

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