Kenya’s World 1500m and 5000m Champions Elijah Manangoi and Hellen Obiri have been nominated for the 2017 World Athletes of the Year Award that will be held on 24 November in Monaco, Italy.
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. A public vote the IAAF’s social media channels will account for 25 per cent of the result. The vote will close on October 16.
The duo are part of a list of 10 men and 10 women nominees, who were selected by an international panel of athletics experts, comprising representatives from all six continental areas of the IAAF released on Monday.
Manangoi and Obiri won two gold at the World Athletics Championships that were held in August in London. The Olympic 5,000m silver medallist went on to win a maiden Diamond League trophy after five wins in the Diamond League this season.
Obiri became the first Kenyan to win the 5,000m series since Mercy Cherono in 2014. She will come up against the World and Olympic 10,000m record holder Almaz Ayana, whom she beat in London as well as Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya of South Africa.
The Rongai based athlete will battle for the top prize as he is pitted against Great Britain’s distance running great Mo Farah, men’s 400m World Champion South African Wayde van Niekerk among others.
Mutaz Essa Barshim (QAT) Pawel Fajdek (POL) Mohamed Farah (GBR) Sam Kendricks (USA) Elijah Manangoi (KEN) Luvo Manyonga RSA) Omar McLeod (JAM) Christian Taylor (USA) Wayde van Niekerk (RSA) Johannes Vetter (GER)
Almaz Ayana (ETH) Maria Lasitskene (ANA) Hellen Obiri (KEN) Sally Pearson (AUS) Sandra Perkovic (CRO) Brittney Reese (USA) Caster Semenya (RSA) Ekaterini Stefanidi (GRE) Nafissatou Thiam (BEL) Anita Wlodarczyk (POL)