Britain's Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton will go up against Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo for the World Sportsman of the Year Award in the Laureus World Sports Awards - the sporting equivalent of the silver screen Oscars. In November Hamilton was crowned the youngest ever Formula One world champion aged 23 years and 300 days after dramatically finishing fifth in the Brazil grand prix, the last race of the season. And Ronaldo netted 42 goals for the Red Devils last season. Tennis star Roger Federer, who was usurped as top dog by Spaniard Rafael Nadal last year, has won the award for the past four years. Some 873 journalists from a record 112 countries have voted for the 2009 awards the tenth of its kind. Aside from Hamilton the sporting achievements in 2008 of double Olympic gold medallist Rebecca Adlington, Manchester United and Britains Olympic cycling team, have also been acknowledged by Laureus. The 19-year-old Adlington, nominated for the Laureus World Breakthrough Award, became Britain's first female Olympic swimming champion for 48 years, when she won two gold medals in the Beijing Games in the 400 and 800 metres freestyle and she broke a 49-year world record in the latter. Britains Olympic cyclists, who are nominated for Laureus World Team of the Year Award, dominated the velodrome at Beijing, winning eight gold, four silver and two bronze medals. And Chris Hoys haul of three gold medals was the best individual British performance since the 1908 Games. Manchester United, who won their third European Cup/Champions League trophy and also romped home to victory in the English Premier League Championship last year, have also been nominated for Team of the Year.