Kenya's Rio 2016 Olympic champions, David Rudisha, Eliud Kipchoge, Conseslus Kipruto and Vivian Cheruiyot are among 20 athletes who have been nominated for the 206 World Athlete of the Year Award.
Rudisha (800m), Kipchoge (marathon), Kipruto (3000m steeplechase) and Cheruiyot (5000m) delivered four of Kenya's 6 gold medals at the summer Olympics in Brazil.
Rudisha, Kipchoge and Kipruto will come up against 8 other athletes in the men's category including the world's fastest man Usain Bolt and South Africa's 400m star Wayde van Niekerk.
Cheruiyot, the only Kenyan in the women's field of 10 nominees will be hoping to beat the likes of Kenyan-turned-Bahranian Ruth Chebet as well as 10,000m record holder, Ethiopia's Almaz Ayana.
This week marks the opening of the voting process for the 2016 World Athletes of the Year ahead of the IAAF Awards Night in Monaco on Friday 2 December 2016.
The IAAF confirmed a list of 10 men and 10 women nominees who were selected by an international panel of athletics experts, comprising representatives from all six continental areas of the IAAF.
The nominees for 2016 World Athlete of the Year are:
Usain Bolt (JAM)
Thiago Braz da Silva (BRA)
Ashton Eaton (USA)
Mo Farah (GBR)
Eliud Kipchoge (KEN)
Conselsus Kipruto (KEN)
Omar McLeod (JAM)
David Rudisha (KEN)
Christian Taylor (USA)
Wayde van Niekerk (RSA)
Almaz Ayana (ETH)
Ruth Beitia (ESP)
Vivian Cheruiyot (KEN)
Kendra Harrison (USA)
Caterine Ibarguen (COL)
Ruth Jebet (BRN)
Sandra Perkovic (CRO)
Caster Semenya (RSA)
Elaine Thompson (JAM)
Anita Wlodarczyk (POL)
A three-way voting process will determine the finalists.
The IAAF Council and the IAAF Family (IAAF member federations, IAAF Committee members, IAAF meeting directors, IAAF athlete ambassadors, athletes’ representatives, top athletes, members of the international press, IAAF staff members and the IAAF’s official partners) will cast their votes by email.
Fans can vote online via the IAAF's social media platforms. The IAAF Council’s vote will count for 50% of the result, while the IAAF Family’s votes and the public votes will each count for 25% of the final result.
Voting closes on 1 November. At the conclusion of the voting process, three men and three women finalists will be announced by the IAAF.
The male and female World Athletes of the Year will be announced live on stage at the IAAF Awards Night.
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