Kipchoge's nomination to the Laureus World Sports Awards comes barely just a month after he won the World Athletics Athlete of 2019.
Rugby World Cup champions South Africa have been nominated by over 1,000 global sports media for the Laureus World Team of the Year accolade at the 20th anniversary Laureus World Sports Awards.
The Springboks won the category at the 2008 Laureus Awards having triumphed at the 2007 World Cup the year prior. The win and the resulting celebrations throughout South Africa highlighted the power of sport to unite and inspire a nation.
Joining them are six-time Formula 1 Drivers and Constructors World Champions Mercedes AMG Petronas, Rugby World Cup champions South Africa, the first Canadian team to win the NBA Championship Toronto Raptors, and two-time FIBA World Cup winners Spain Men's Basketball Team.
Siya Kolisi's RWC-winning team was nominated for the Laureus Team of the Year award.
Laureus Academy chairperson and All Blacks great Sean Fitzpatrick congratulated the Springboks for the passion, commitment and determination they showed, adding that the three-time Rugby World Champions are truly deserving of the nomination.
Laureus World Sports Awards recognises the best of the best in the world of sports and Kipchoge will battle out against the Ballon d'Or victor with the awardee being crowned in a prestigious ceremony in Berlin, Germany on February 17.
World Marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge was pitted against legendary footballer, Barcelona's Lionel Messi, for the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year.
Six of the highest achieving para-athletes of 2019 make up the Nominees for the Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability Award.
In the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year category, it will be a shoot-out between some of the biggest names, Lewis Hamilton (F1), Tiger Woods (golf), Eliud Kipchoge (athletics), Rafael Nadal (tennis) and Marc Marques (MotoGP).
In the "World Sportswoman of the Year" category, Osaka, the first Asian tennis player to be ranked number one in singles is competing with FIFA Women's World Cup Golden Ball victor Megan Rapinoe, gymnastic star Simone Biles, sprinters Allyson Felix and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce along with USA skiing great Mikaela Shiffrin.