Seven African athletes in the running for Athlete of the Year

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Following some stunning African performances on the track at the Rio Olympics, seven African competitors, four men and three women, have been shortlisted for the male and female Athlete of the Year awards run by the IAAF, athletics’ governing body.

For the women:

Almaz Ayana by the stadium score board

For the men:

  • Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge, who left the rest of the field trailing to win the marathon
  • Kenya’s Conseslus Kipruto, who won the 3,000m steeplechase in an Olympic-record time
  • Kenya’s David Rudisha, who retained his Olympic 800m title
  • South Africa’s Wayde van Niekerk, who broke Michael Johnson’s 17-year-old 400m world record
Wayde van Niekerk by the stadium board

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Ten men and 10 women have been shortlisted and the winner will be announced on 2 December.

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