By Jia Xiaoguang, Sina English
Chinese teenager swimmer Ye Shiwen was among the candidates for Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year, the Laureus World Sports Academy announced in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Dec. 13.
Ye Shiwen, aged only 16, set up a worldwide sensation during the 2012 London Olympics, bagging the gold medals of 200m and 400m women's individual medley with two amazing records.
She will be rivaling British tennis player Andy Murray who won his first Grand Slam at US Open and two Olympic medals on his home soil, and the new hope of Brazilian football Neymar.
The Laureus World Sports Awards, which recognise sporting achievement during the calendar year 2012, are the premier honours on the international sporting calendar.
The Nominees were decided through a ballot by the world’s media. The winners, as voted by the Laureus World Sports Academy, the ultimate sports jury, made up of 46 of the greatest sportsmen and sportswomen of all time, will be unveiled at a globally televised Awards Ceremony staged in Rio de Janeiro on March 11.
Big names on this year's candidate list also include the fastest man on earth Usain Bolt, Barcelona goal-machine Lionel Messi, and US tennis star Serena Williams.
"The Laureus Sportsman of the Year Award particularly is going to be one of the closest contests ever when you look at the wonderful collection of names we have." said Edwin Moses, Chairman of the Laureus World Sports Academy. "This is really the crème de la crème of sport."