JOHANNESBURG – South Africa’s world and Commonwealth Games champion Luvo Manyonga has also missed out on the IAAF’s short-list of five finalists for the male World Athlete of the Year award.
This comes a day after compatriot Caster Semenya did not make the cut for the female World Athlete of the Year.
The International Association of Athletics Federations on Tuesday announced the short-list of five, with the winner being announced in Monaco on December 4.
The South African long jump sensation has had a stellar year, having won the Commonwealth Games gold medal in Gold Coast, Australia, in April with a meeting record of 8.41 metres.
The 27-year-old also claimed the Diamond League title, and won a silver medal at the World Indoor and African Championships.
Meanwhile, middle-distance superstar Semenya was controversially left out of the five female finalists.
Semenya‚ the Diamond League and Continental Cup 800m champion this year‚ ran the fourth-fastest 800m of all time and also enjoyed top-10 rankings in the 1500m and 400m.
She took the 800m and 1 500m double at the Commonwealth Games, and the 800m and 400m double at the African championships.
But her feats didn’t convince the IAAF‚ who wants to introduce regulations for athletes with hyperandrogenism that would require the 27-year-old Semenya to take medication to lower naturally occurring higher levels of testosterone.
Semenya has challenged the move at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland.
IAAF Male Athlete of the Year Finalists
Christian Coleman (USA, 100m sprinter)
Armand Duplantis (Sweden, pole vault)
Eliud Kipchoge (Kenya, marathon)
Kevin Mayer (France, decathlon)
Abderrahman Samba (Qatar, 400m hurdles)
The 5 finalists for the Male World Athlete of the Year 2018 have been announced.— IAAF (@iaaforg) November 20, 2018
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