Nominees announced for IAAF Athlete of Year 2017

Nominees announced for IAAF Athlete of Year 2017

Farah's rivals for the award, which will be decided partially by votes from the IAAF Council, its wider community and the public, includes South Africa's 400m world champion, Wayde van Niekerk, as well Germany's javelin world champion Johannes Vetter, and Luvo Manyonga, who won long jump gold after beating an addiction to crystal meth.

Justin Gatlin has been overlooked for the men's IAAF Athlete of the Year award, with Usain Bolt also omitted from the 10-man shortlist after an underwhelming end to his legendary career.

Kenya's Hellen Onsando Obiri reacts after winning the final of the women's 5000m athletics event at the 2017 IAAF World Championships at the London Stadium in London on August 13, 2017.

The shorthanded Russian squad, registered as Authorized Neutral Athlete, however, finished their championship run with five silver and one golden medal, which was won by Lasitskene.

South African world champions Wayde van Niekerk‚ Luvo Manyonga and Caster Semenya have been nominated for the IAAF's World Athlete of the Year.

Another notable nominee is Australia's Sally Pearson, who claimed gold in the women's 100m hurdles in 12.60 seconds.

The shortlist released on Monday includes 10 men and 10 women nominees who were selected by an global panel of athletics experts, comprising representatives from all six continental areas of the IAAF.

The world's top disc champion, Croatian athlete Sandra Perković has been nominated for the fifth time as the best female athlete of the world in the selection of the International Athletics Federation (IAAF), reports on October 3, 2017.

A three-way voting process will determine the finalists, with votes from the IAAF Council and the IAAF Family counting for 50 per cent and 25 cent respectively of the result.

Three finalists in each category will now be decided following a voting process.