The World Athletics International Athletics Federation announced on Monday the five super nominees for the title of Athlete of the Year in the men.
After the ballot, there are five athletes left with Karsten Warholm, Eliud Kipchoge, Joshua Cheptegei, Ryan Crouser and Mondo Duplantis. Jakob Ingebrigtsen (1,500m), Pedro Pichardo (triple jump), Daniel Stahl (discus throw), Miltiadis Tentoglou (long jump) and decathlete Damian Warner dropped out. All the athletes on the shortlist of ten were gold medalists at last summer’s Games in Tokyo.
Norwegian hurdler Karsten Warholm and Kenyan marathoner Eliud Kipchoge, who already won the award in 2018 and 2019, are named as top favourites. Warholm took gold in Tokyo after a breathtaking track round and also bagged the Diamond League. He also set the world record in under 46 seconds. Kipchoge extended his Olympic title in Japan.
Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei (5,000m), American Ryan Crouser (shot put) and Swede Mondo Duplantis (pole vault) are outsiders.
The winner will be announced at the World Athletics Awards on December 1. Last year the prize went to Duplantis. (belga)