Cheruiyot,Rudisha & Makau nominated for IAAF awards

Oct 04, 2011

Double World champion Vivian Cheruiyot is among three Kenyans shortlisted for the prestigious IAAF World Athlete of the Year Award.

Patrick Makau who recently set a new world record in the men’s marathon in Berlin of 2:03.38 and the reigning 800m world record holder David Rudisha who had a fantastic season unbeaten in 26 races with the highlight being the world title from Daegu are the other two Kenyans shortlisted for the 2011 award.

Rudisha was the 2010 male athlete of the Year and won his second career Samsung Diamond race trophy. The inform Cheruyoit opened her 2011 campaign clinching the medal World cross country senior women’s title in Punta Umbria, Spain, then went on to win two the 5000 and 10000m Gold in Daegu, South Korea.

She also retained her Samsung Diamong League title. Botswana Amantle Montsho, the reigning World and All Africa Games champion is the only other African athlete to make the shortlist of 20. The three are among 10 male and 10 female candidates selected by an IAAF panel of eight athletics experts.

Members of the public can vote online  on  while the World Athletics Family will conduct an email poll that closes on Sunday 23 October, midnight CET. At the conclusion of the voting process, three male and three female finalists will be selected and announced by the IAAF.

The Council of the International Athletic Foundation will then select the male and female winners from the finalists with the announcement taking place live, on stage, during the 2011 World Athletics Gala, on 12 November 2011.

 The candidates are:

in alphabetical order



Yohan Blake, Jamaica

Usain Bolt, Jamaica

Mo Farah, Great Britain

Robert Harting, Germany

Kirani James, Grenada

Patrick Makau, Kenya

Koji Murofushi, Japan

David Rudisha, Kenya

Christian Taylor, USA

Jesse Williams, USA



Maria Abakumova, Russia

Valerie Adams, New Zealand

Veronica Campbell Brown, Jamaica

Tatyana Chernova, Russia

Vivian Cheruiyot, Kenya

Anna Chicherova, Russia

Lashinda Demus, USA

Carmelita Jeter, USA

Amantle Montsho, Botswana

Sally Pearson, Australia


Evelyn Watta

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