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farah shortlisted for world athlete of the year

Mo Farah

1 October 2013

Mo Farah (coach: Alberto Salazar) has been shortlisted for the prestigious 2013 World Athlete of the Year award.

The 30 year old, who won double gold over 5,000m and 10,000m at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow in August, has been named on a ten man shortlist for the men’s prize that includes the likes of eight time world champion Usain Bolt and Kenyan Wilson Kipsang, who recently lowered the marathon world to a staggering 2:03:23.

The candidates were selected by an IAAF panel of athletics experts and the World Athletics Family will now vote for three male and female finalists between now and Sunday 27 October.

The male and female winners will then be selected from the three finalists by the Council of the International Athletic Foundation and the winners will be announced at the 2013 World Athletics Gala on Saturday 16 November.

The full lists of athletes shortlisted for the World Athlete of the Year award are as follows:

Men

Mohammed Aman (ETH)
Usain Bolt (JAM)
Bohdan Bondarenko (UKR)
Ashton Eaton (USA)
Mohamed Farah (GBR)
Robert Harting (GER)
Wilson Kipsang (KEN)
Aleksandr Menkov (RUS)
LaShawn Merritt (USA)
Teddy Tamgho (FRA)

Women

Valerie Adams (NZL)
Abeba Aregawi (SWE)
Meseret Defar (ETH)
Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH)
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (JAM)
Zuzana Hejnova (CZE)
Caterine Ibarguen (COL)
Sandra Perkovic (CRO)
Brianna Rollins (USA)
Svetlana Shkolina (RUS)