South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk added the world title to his Olympic gold medal. Photo: iaaf.org
South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk added the world title to his Olympic gold medal. Photo: iaaf.org
Luvo Manyonga celebrates winning the gold medal at the world championships in London. Photo: Eddie Keogh/Reuters
Luvo Manyonga celebrates winning the gold medal at the world championships in London. Photo: Eddie Keogh/Reuters
Caster Semenya set a new personal best and world leading time of 1:55.16 to win the 800m world title. Photo: EPA
Caster Semenya set a new personal best and world leading time of 1:55.16 to win the 800m world title. Photo: EPA

JOHANNESBURG – South African 400m world record holder Wayde van Niekerk has been nominated for the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) men’s World Athlete of the Year.

The announcement was made on Monday by the IAAF among a list of 10 men and women.

The voting process begins this week for the World Athletes of the Year, ahead of the IAAF Athletics Awards 2017 in Monaco on November 24.

The male and female World Athletes of the Year will be announced live on stage at the IAAF Athletics Awards.

World Athlete of the Year Nominees

Men: Mutaz Essa Barshim (QAT), Pawel Fajdek (POL), Mo Farah (GBR), Sam Kendricks (USA), Elijah Manangoi (KEN), Luvo Manyonga (RSA), Omar McLeod (JAM), Christian Taylor (USA), Wayde van Niekerk (RSA), Johannes Vetter (GER).

Women: Almaz Ayana (ETH), Maria Lasitskene (ANA), Hellen Obiri (KEN), Sally Pearson (AUS), Sandra Perkovic (CRO), Brittney Reese (USA), Caster Semenya (RSA), Ekaterini Stefanidi (GRE), Nafissatou Thiam (BEL), Anita Wlodarczyk (POL).

African News Agency (ANA)