South Africa’s golden sprinter, Wayde Van Niekerk has been revealed as one of three finalists for the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Male Athlete of the Year award.
Van Niekerk is up against Jamaica’s Usain Bolt and British Mo Farah, IAAF said in a statement.
The finalists were determined by a by a three-way voting process, where the IAAF Council’s vote counted for 50% of the result, the IAAF Family’s vote counted for 25% and a public vote, conducted via social media, counted for 25% of the final result.
Van Niekerk broke the 400m world record at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio after clocking for gold at 43.03, only 0.15seconds quicker than the previous record.
He will hopefully become the first SA athlete in 13 years to receive the global award.
Meanwhile, his country mate and Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya, who was also nominated for the women’s award, did not make the final cut.
Ethiopian distance runner Almaz Ayana, Jamaican sprinter Elaine Thompson and Polish hammer thrower Anita Wlodarczykare were named as the finalists.
The winners would be announced at a gala ceremony in Monaco on December 2.