Obiri and Manangoi nominated for 2017 IAAF World Athlete of the Year.

World Champions Hellen Obiri and Elijah Manangoi have been nominated for 2017 IAAF World Athlete of the Year.

The global athletic body shortlists 10 athletes from both genders in contention for the ultimate prize.

Also in the running are:

  • Luvo Manyonga (South Africa)
  • Almaz Ayana (Ethiopia)
  • Caster Semenya (South Africa)

The IAAF Council and the IAAF Family will cast their votes by email, while fans can vote online via the IAAF’s social media platforms. Individual graphics for each nominee will be posted on Facebook and Twitter later this week; a ‘like’ or ‘favourite’ will count as one vote.”

It added that 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 16 October.

The IAAF will then announce three men and three women as finalists.


Felix Asoha

Felix Asoha is a journalist with 8yrs experience in both local and international media. Currently works at Biblia Husema and Truth FM in Nairobi. Formerly an editor at Pamoja FM in Kibera. Reports on Good governance, Security, Human Interest stories. Loves Sports and politics.

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