Two times Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge and Olympic 5000m champion Joshua Cheptegei have sailed through to the finals of the World Athletics’ Male Athlete of the Year award that will be held on December 1.
Kipchoge became the first man since 1980 to successfully defend his Olympic marathon title, and his time of 2 hours 8min 38sec gave him a winning margin of 80 seconds – the biggest at the Games since 1972.
Sweden’s Mondo Duplantis still has a chance at winning the award for the second year running. He achieved Olympic, Diamond League and European indoor titles in the pole vault. Karsten Warholm from Norway is the other finalist, having twice broken the 400m hurdles world record set by American Kevin Young that had stood for more than 28 years.
Also on the battle for the prestigious award is the undefeated American shot putter Ryan Crouser.
The shocker of the night is Norway’s Tokyo 2020 and European Indoor 1500m gold medallist Jakob Ingebrigtsen who failed to make the cut for not gaining enough votes.
World Athletics revealed last month the initial shortlist of 10 Olympic champions last month, and a three-way voting process reduced the number to half.
The World Athletics Council’s votes are 50 per cent of the result, with the World Athletics Family and public votes both holding 25 per cent.