A total of 10 female and 10 male athletes have been nominated for the global governing body’s world athlete of the year honours
British 100m and 200m record-holder Dina Asher-Smith has been named among the nominees for the IAAF’s world athlete of the year honours ahead of the global governing body’s awards celebration in Monaco on December 4.
A total of 10 female and 10 male athletes are included on the two shortlists, which were selected by an international panel of athletics experts, comprising representatives from all six continental areas of the IAAF.
European 100m and 200m champion Asher-Smith, who is also the world leader in both events, has been nominated alongside Kenya’s world steeplechase record-breaker Beatrice Chepkoech, Dutch European 5000m champion Sifan Hassan, Colombia’s multiple long and triple jump winner Caterine Ibarguen, Russia’s world indoor and European high jump champion Mariya Lasitskene, Commonwealth and Diamond League winner Shaunae Miller-Uibo from Bahamas, Croatia’s discus great Sandra Perkovic, South African 800m star Caster Semenya, Belgian European heptathlon champion and world leader Nafissatou Thiam and Poland’s European hammer champion Anita Wlodarczyk.
Two world record breakers – Kenya’s marathon star Eliud Kipchoge and France’s decathlon ace Kevin Mayer – are among the contenders for the men’s award.
The shortlist also includes Kenya’s world 1500m No.1 Timothy Cheruiyot, USA’s world indoor 60m champion and Diamond League 100m winner Christian Coleman, Sweden’s world under-20 and European pole vault champion Armand Duplantis, Kenya’s world 800m No.1 Emmanuel Korir, US sprint star Noah Lyles, South Africa’s Commonwealth and Diamond League long jump winner Luvo Manyonga, Qatar’s world 400m hurdles No.1 Abderrahman Samba and New Zealand’s world indoor, Commonwealth and Diamond League shot put champion Tom Walsh.
Fans can vote online via the IAAF’s social media platforms, while members of the IAAF Council and the IAAF Family will cast their votes by email.
The IAAF Council’s vote will count for 50% of the result, while the IAAF Family’s votes and the public votes will each count for 25% of the final result.
Voting closes on November 12 and then the five male and five female finalists will be named by the IAAF.
Thiam and high jumper Mutaz Essa Barshim were last year’s winners.
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