Versatile athlete Pieter du Preez missed out on Monday night, after Brazilian swimmer Daniel Dias received the Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability accolade at the Laureus World Sports Awards in Berlin.
Du Preez, an Ironman triathlete and four-time winner of the Berlin Marathon, had been in fine form last season.
The quadriplegic wheelchair racer broke the long-standing world record in the men’s 10 000m event in the T51 class, clocking 35:50.96, and set new African marks in the 200m and 1 500m events on the track.
An accomplished handcyclist, Du Preez also won the road race and time trial gold medals in the H1 class at the Paracycling World Championships. He was the only SA athlete in line for an accolade at the annual awards ceremony.
Dias, one of six nominees in the disability category, won the award for the third time.
In other divisions, global tennis stars Novak Djokovic (Serbia) and Serena Williams (United States) were named Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year respectively, while the All Black rugby side were announced as the Team of the Year.
New Zealand rugby player Dan Carter was revealed as the winner of the Comeback of the Year prize, and American golfer Jordan Spieth received the Breakthrough of the Year accolade.
Austrian former Formula One driver Niki Lauda received the Lifetime Achievement award.