Jamaican sprint sensation Usain Bolt has been nominated on the long list of candidates for the IAAF World Athlete of the Year Award.
Bolt silenced doubters in August at the World Athletics Championships, when after a fairly slow start to the season, he returned to win double individual gold medals in the men’s 100 and 200 metres. He would later anchor Jamaica to another gold in the men’s 4×100 metres.
The other athlete in the sprints category for the award is Holland’s Dafne Schippers, who won the 200 metres at the World Championships and, in a national record, finished second to Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in the 100 metres.
According to the to the IAAA website, the two have amassed the most votes in the sprints category in the first round of voting.
The website said the names of the finalists will be made known on November 17 and 18, after an international panel of 10 experts make the selection.
The announcement of the male and female World Athletes of the Year will be made on Saturday, November 28, after the Council of the International Athletics Federation makes the selection.