Kevin Durant, basketball, United States
American forward Kevin Durant earned MVP honors as Team USA won the Men’s Olympic Basketball Tournament at Tokyo 2020 in August. Durant averaged 20.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists to lead the Americans to gold and scored 29 in the 83-76 finals win against France.
Jakob Ingebrigtsen, athletics, Norway
Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigtsen won the gold medal while setting an Olympic and European record with a time of 3:28.32 in the men’s 1,500-meter final at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in August.
Eliud Kipchoge, marathon, Kenya
Kenyan long-distance runner Eliud Kipchoge repeated as the Olympic men’s marathon champion with a time of 2:08:38 at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in August. Kipchoge’s winning margin of 1:20 was the widest in an Olympic marathon since Frank Shorter’s win in 1972.
Matt Turner, football (soccer), United States
Matt Turner earned Golden Glove honors as the best goalkeeper in the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament as his United States men’s national team won the title. Turner started all six matches for the US and recorded five shutouts, including a 1-0 win for the Americans against Mexico in the final.
Karsten Warholm, athletics, Norway
Norway’s Karsten Warholm set a world record and won gold in the 400-meter hurdles at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in August. Warholm broke his own world record with a time of 45.94 seconds to hold off American rival Rai Benjamin in the final.
Damian Warner, decathlon, Canada
Canada’s Damian Warner set an Olympic record with 9,018 points and won the men’s decathlon title at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in August. Warner became just the fourth man ever to break the 9,000-point barrier, joining decathlon legends Roman Sebrle, Ashton Eaton, and Kevin Mayer in that elite category.