IAAF announces names of candidates for 2014 World Athlete of the year

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IAAF announces names of candidates for 2014 World Athlete of the year

<p>The <span class="caps">IAAF</span> announces the names of the 10 men and 10 women who have been shortlisted for the 2014 World Athlete of the Year Award.</p> <p>The candidates have been selected by an international panel of athletics experts which include representatives from all six continental areas of the <span class="caps">IAAF</span>.</p> <p>An email poll involving the World Athletics Family* begins today, Friday 3 October, and will close on Thursday 16 October, midnight <span class="caps">CET</span>.</p> <p>At the conclusion of the voting process, three male and three female finalists will be selected and announced by the <span class="caps">IAAF</span>.</p> <p>The Council of the International Athletics Foundation will then select the male and female winners, with the announcement taking place live on stage during the 2014 World Athletics Gala on Friday 21 November 2014.</p> <p>The candidates for the World Athlete of the Year Award are (athletes listed in alphabetical order):</p> <p><strong>Men</strong></p> <p>Nigel Amos (<span class="caps">BOT</span>)<br /> Mutaz Essa Barshim (<span class="caps">QAT</span>)<br /> Jairus Kipchoge Birech (<span class="caps">KEN</span>)<br /> Bogdan Bondarenko (<span class="caps">UKR</span>)<br /> Yohann Diniz (<span class="caps">FRA</span>)<br /> Justin Gatlin (<span class="caps">USA</span>)<br /> Robert Harting (<span class="caps">GER</span>)<br /> Dennis Kipruto Kimetto (<span class="caps">KEN</span>)<br /> Renaud Lavillenie (<span class="caps">FRA</span>)<br /> LaShawn Merritt (<span class="caps">USA</span>)</p> <p><strong>Women</strong></p> <p>Valerie Adams (<span class="caps">NZL</span>)<br /> Genzebe Dibaba (<span class="caps">ETH</span>)<br /> Dawn Harper Nelson (<span class="caps">USA</span>)<br /> Caterine Ibarguen (<span class="caps">COL</span>)<br /> Francena McCorory (<span class="caps">USA</span>)<br /> Sandra Perkovic (<span class="caps">CRO</span>)<br /> Dafne Schippers (<span class="caps">NED</span>)<br /> Kaliese Spencer (<span class="caps">JAM</span>)<br /> Barbora Spotakova (<span class="caps">CZE</span>)<br /> Anita Wlodarczyk (<span class="caps">POL</span>)</p> <p><a href="http://www.iaaf.org/gala/athlete-of-the-year" rel="external"> Read more in IAAF Athlete of the Year page</a></p>