World 1500m champion, Kenya’s Elijah Manangoi has topped the International Athletics Associations Federation (IAAF) online contest for the 2017 IAAF Male Athlete of the Year.
However, Manangoi’s compatriot, World 5000m champion Hellen Obiri , finished third in the online vote for the IAAF Female Athlete of the Year.
Manangoi led the 10 long-listed male athletes with a resounding 96,300 votes followed by Qatari long-jump star, World long jump champion and Asian record holder Qatari’s Mutaz Barshim (90,600) with South African 400m world record holder, Wayde van Niekerk a distant third on 2,998.
The public votes which are conducted online makes up for 25 percent of the total Votes, for IAAF World Athletes of the year.
Thanks everyone and be blessed,” Manangoi posted on Facebook on Tuesday morning alongside screenshots of the results posted by the IAAF.
Manangoi managed to be included in the long-list for top after a flourishing season where he finished in the top three in all of his outdoor races in the metric mile, including at the IAAF World Championships in London.
At the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Monaco, Manangoi timed a world-leading of 3:28.80 to move to ninth on the world all-time list.
Manangoi graduated from silver two years before at the Beijing 2015 edition of the world to be crowned as the 1500m king in London.
Obiri garnered 6,464 to trail World 10,000m champion Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana- who scooped 16,305 votes to edge out Olympic and World heptathlon queen Nafi Thiam of Belgium (6,552) into second spot.
Obiri was undefeated at 5000m in the 2017 season where she posted a world-leading of 14:18.37 apart from winning the World title and registering wins at the IAAF Diamond League meetings in Shanghai and Rome.
Obiri ran 8:23.14 over 3000m at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Monaco to set a national record and post a world-leading time.
Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) athlete ended her season by taking the IAAF Diamond League title in Brussels.
For the first time in the history of the awards, the IAAF engaged social media in the initial voting process in addition to the ballots from the IAAF Family who send their ballots through email.
The IAAF Council- the supreme organ of the world governing body’s vote will count for 50 percent of the result, while the IAAF Family’s votes and the public votes will each count for 25 percent of the final result.
Voting closed on Monday and the IAAF will announce the final shortlist of three men and three women who will travel to the IAAF Athletics Awards in Monaco with the winners announced on stage on Friday, November 24, 2017.
ONLINE POLL RESULTS
NAME COUNTRY VOTES
- Elijah Manangoi Kenya 96, 300
- Mutaz Barshim Qatar 90, 600
- Wayde Van Niekerk South Africa 2, 998
- Omar McLeod Jamaica 2, 634
- Johannes Vetter Germany 1, 209
- Luvo Manyonga South Africa 1, 380
- Mo Farah Great Britain 1, 015
- Sam Kendricks USA 865
- Christian Taylor USA 310
- Pawel Fadjek Poland 221
NAME COUNTRY VOTES
- Almaz Ayana Ethiopia 16, 305
- Niafi Thiam Belgium 6, 552
- Hellen Obiri Kenya 6, 464
- Caster Semenya South Africa 5, 435
- Katerina Stefanidi Greece 4, 316
- Sally Pearson Australia 2, 329
- Anita Wlodarcyzk Poland 1, 216
- Maria Lasitsikene Russia 546
- Britney Reese USA 281
- Sandra Perkovic Croatia 281