Six African Athletes Nominated for IAAF Athlete of the Year Award

Kenya's Elijah Motonei Managoi celebrates as he wins ahead of France's Mahiedine Mekhissi Benabbad, the men's 1500m race at the AG Insurance Memorial Van Damme athletics event the last meeting of the IAAF Diamond League competition on Se

Controversial world 100-metre champion Justin Gatlin was left off the list of nominees for the IAAF's World Athlete of the Year awards.

McLeod was the only gold medal victor for Jamaica at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London.

Bolt's final major championships ended with a whimper in London, with the Jamaican star taking bronze in the 100m and limping out injured from the 4x100m relay.

The women's list includes Almaz Ayana, Anita Wlodarczyk, Maria Lasitskene, Hellen Obiri, Sally Pearson, Sandra Perkovic, Brittney Reese, Caster Semenya, Ekaterini Stefanidi and Nafissatou Thiam.

The shortlists were drawn up by an "international panel of athletics experts", which featured representatives from all six Continental areas of the IAAF.

He was the marquee name on the 10-strong male shortlist released by the IAAF on Monday, which did not include Bolt, who has won the accolade six times since 2008.

In August 2016, he won the silver at the Rio Olympic Games.

According to IAAF, a three-way voting process will determine the finalists. The IAAF Council and the IAAF Family will cast their votes by email, while fans can vote online via the IAAF's social media platforms.

The nominees are: Men: Mutaz Essa Barshim (Qatar)‚ Pawel Fajdek (Poland)‚ Mohamed Farah (UK)‚ Sam Kendricks (US)‚ Elijah Manangoi (Kenya)‚ Luvo Manyonga (SA)‚ Omar McLeod (Jamaica)‚ Christian Taylor (US)‚ Wayde van Niekerk (SA)‚ Johannes Vetter (Germany).

The IAAF Council's vote will count for 50 per cent of the result, while the IAAF Family's votes and the public votes will each count for 25 per cent of the final result.

They also promised to post each nominee's graphics on Facebook and Twitter before the end of the week.

Voting closes on 16 October. At the conclusion of the voting process, three men and three women finalists will be announced by the IAAF.

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