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Van Niekerk, Ayana up for top IAAF awards

With just 18 days to go until the IAAF Athletics Awards 2017, the IAAF can reveal the names of the finalists for the 2017 IAAF World Athlete of the Year awards.

The finalists are (in alphabetical order):


- Mutaz Essa Barshim (QAT)
- Mo Farah (GBR)
- Wayde van Niekerk (RSA)


- Almaz Ayana (ETH)
- Ekaterini Stefanidi (GRE)
- Nafissatou Thiam (BEL)


- A three-way voting process determined the finalists.

- The IAAF Council and the IAAF Family cast their votes by email, while fans voted online via the IAAF's social media platforms. The IAAF Council’s vote counted for 50% of the result, while the IAAF Family’s votes and the public votes each counted for 25% of the final result. Voting closed on 16 October.

- The male and female World Athletes of the Year will be announced live on stage at the IAAF Athletics Awards 2017 in Monaco on November 24.


Wayde van Niekerk is in line for another prestigious accolade after defending his global 400m title at the IAAF World Championships in London in August, and then going on to grab the silver medal in the 200m final.

His season also included a new 300m world best of 30.81 seconds.

Van Niekerk is one of three finalists for the men's award, with Qatari high jumper Mutaz Essa Barshim and British long-distance runner Mo Farah also included on the shortlist.

South Africa's other two Track and Field world champions, long jumper Luvo Manyonga and middle-distance runner Caster Semenya, did not make the list of men's and women's finalists after both athletes had featured among the initial nominees.

"Well done to Van Niekerk, who deserves all the recognition he receives for his performances on the track this year," said Athletics South Africa president Aleck Skhosana.

"We equally share our thoughts with Manyonga and Semenya for not being shortlisted, but well done to them for being nominated among the best athletes in the world."


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