Farah in running for 2013 Athlete of the Year award
Posted Wednesday, October 2 2013 at 01:00
Also on the list is Jamaica’s 100 and 200m world record holder Usain Bolt
Britain’s Mo Farah has been shortlisted for the 2013 World Athlete of the Year award, the International Association of Athletics Federations has announced. Farah, 30, became only the second man in history to complete an Olympic and world “double-double” in the distance events in August.
Usain Bolt is also on a 10-strong list after three golds at the World Championships in Moscow.
Triple world champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is thefavourite for the women’s award. As well as completing a 5,000m and 10,000m double at the World Championships in Moscow, Farah also set a new British and European 1500m record in Monaco.
Bolt, 27, won the 100m, 200m and 4x100m titles to become the most successful athlete in World Championships history with a career total of eight gold medals.
Kenyan Wilson Kipsang, who broke the marathon world record by 15 seconds as he claimed the Berlin title last Sunday, is also on the shortlist. Jamaica’s Fraser-Pryce dominated in Moscow winning gold in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay.
The women’s list also includes Ethiopia’s Meseret Defar, who added world 5,000m gold to her Olympic title, and Valerie Adams of New Zealand, who claimed her fourth world title in the women’s shot put.
Three male and three female finalists will be announced by the IAAF following an email poll among members of the “World Athletics Family”, with the winners revealed at the 2013 World Athletics Gala on 16 November.