KINGSTON, Jamaica, Wednesday November 9, 2016 – Jamaica’s speed king and queen could be in line for athletics’ most prestigious award.
Triple Olympic champion Usain Bolt and newly crowned Olympic double champion Elaine Thompson are among the three finalists for the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) male and female Athlete of the Year awards, it was announced this morning.
Bolt, the fastest man in the world over the past decade and world record holder in both the 100 and 200 metres, is up against Great Britain’s double gold medallist Mo Farah and South Africa’s 400m world record holder Wayde van Niekerk for the male title.
While he has already won the award six times, it is the first nomination for Thompson who equalled the national record of 10.70 seconds in the 100m on her way to doing the double in Rio.
Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana and Poland’s hammer thrower Anita Wlodarczyk are in the running for the female Athlete of the Year title.
The finalists were determined by a three-way voting process. The IAAF Council’s vote counted for 50 per cent of the result, the IAAF Family’s vote counted for 25 per cent and a public vote, conducted via social media, counted for 25 per cent of the final result.
The Athletes of the Year will be announced at the IAAF Athletics Awards on December 2.