Africa in line for honours … as 6 make the 2018 IAAF world athlete of the year list

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By Southern Times Writer

For the third time in a row, Caster Semenya has been nominated for the prestigious female World Athlete of the Year award and should she succeed, she becomes the first South African woman to win the title in 15 years after high jumper Hestrie Cloete (née Storbeck) won the title in 2003.

Semenya and five other Southern African athletes are on this year’s nomination list that was released this week by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

The 800-metre champion Semenya of South Africa and steeplechase champion Beatrice Chepkoech of Kenya are the only female athletes from Africa who would contend for the title with eight other athletics champions from across the globe. In the male category, South African, Luvo Manyonga (long jump) and three Kenyans - Timothy Cheruiyot (long distance runner), Eliud Kipchoge (marathon) and Emmanuel Korir (world lead and the world’s fastest at 800m since 2012) eye the award.

IAAF has opened the voting process ahead of the IAAF Athletics Awards 2018 in Monaco on 4 December.

“The IAAF is pleased to confirm a list of 10 nominees for Female World Athlete of the Year who were selected by an international panel of athletics experts, comprising representatives from all six continental areas of the IAAF,” said the athletes body in a statement.

A three-way voting process will determine the finalists.

The IAAF Council and the IAAF Family will cast their votes by email, while fans can vote online via the IAAF's social media platforms. Individual graphics for each nominee will be posted on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram this week; a 'like' on Facebook and Instagram or a retweet on Twitter will count as one vote. 

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 for the female World Athlete of the Year closes on 12 November while voting for the Male World Athlete of the Year closes on 13 November. At the conclusion of the voting process, five men and five women finalists will be announced by the IAAF.

The male and female World Athletes of the Year will be announced live on stage at the IAAF Athletics Awards 2018.

 

Female nominees

Dina Asher-Smith (GBR)

Beatrice Chepkoech (KEN)

Sifan Hassan (NED)

Caterine Ibarguen (COL)

Mariya Lasitskene (ANA)

Shaunae Miller-Uibo (BAH)

Sandra Perkovic (CRO)

Caster Semenya (RSA)

Nafissatou Thiam (BEL)

Anita Wlodarczyk (POL)

 

Male nominees

Timothy Cheruiyot (KEN)

Christian Coleman (USA)

Armand Duplantis (SWE)

Eliud Kipchoge (KEN)

Emmanuel Korir (KEN)

Noah Lyles (USA)

Luvo Manyonga (RSA)

Kevin Mayer (FRA)

Abderrahman Samba (QAT)

Tomas Walsh (NZL)

– Additional reporting by IAAF

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