Cape Town - Springbok captain Siya Kolisi has lost out to Ethopian marathon runner, Eliud Kipchoge for the prestigious BBC Sports Personality's World Sports Star of the Year.
Kipchoge topped an online vote to win the award against Kolisi, cricketer Steve Smith of Australia, golfer Tiger Woods of American and footballer Megan Rapinoe of the American national team.
In October, Kipchoge became the first person to run a marathon distance in under two hours albeit in tailor-made conditions including multiple pacesetters and special running shoes.
He completed the 42.2km distance in 1:59.40. He was also the winner of the presitious London Marathon in 2019.
Kolisi led South Africa to victory over England the 2019 World Cup in Japan.
He, along with his team-mates, were welcomed to gigantic crowds on their subsequent return to South Africa which included trophy parades in a number of cities including Pretoria, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, East London and Durban.