LAUREUS WORLD SPORTS AWARDS MONACO 2017

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LAUREUS WORLD SPORTSPERSON OF THE YEAR 2017 WITH A DISABILITY - NOMINEES

Awarded to the person who best demonstrates excellent athletic achievement and strong leadership qualities in a sport in the Paralympic programme.

IHAR BOKI

(Belarus) Swimming

(Belarus) Swimming

The visually impaired swimmer from Belarus finished the Rio Paralympics as the most decorated athlete, after winning six individual gold medals and a bronze. He also broke the world record in the 100m butterfly and 100m backstroke events.

OMARA DURAND

(Cuba) Athletics

(Cuba) Athletics

Cuba’s visually impaired sprinter established herself as the world’s fastest Paralympian with a clean sweep of 100, 200 and 400 metres gold medals in Rio. She rewrote the record books, including taking the 100m world record down to 11.40 secs.

MARCEL HUG

(Switzerland) Wheelchair Athletics

(Switzerland) Wheelchair Athletics

In his fourth Paralympic Games, he finally won gold not once, but twice winning the 800 metres and marathon T54 events. He also won the inaugural Abbott Marathon Majors title with wins in Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York.

SOPHIE PASCOE

(New Zealand) Swimming

(New Zealand) Swimming

The New Zealand swimmer was a perfect model of consistency as she competed in five swimming events in five days in the Rio Olympics, winning three gold and two silver medals. She also she set one world and three Paralympic records.

SIAMAND RAHMAN

(Iran) Weightlifting

(Iran) Weightlifting

Produced the best weightlifting performance in Rio when he lifted a world record 310kg to take gold in the men’s over 100kg event. In becoming the first Paralympian to lift over 300kg, Rahman made global headlines for Paralympic sport.

BEATRICE VIO

(Italy) Wheelchair Fencing

(Italy) Wheelchair Fencing

The only quadruple amputee in international wheelchair fencing, in Rio she came out of the pool stage undefeated, winning her five bouts. The final saw her beat China's Jingjing Zhou to win the gold medal. She also led the Italian team to a bronze medal.