Bolt, Thompson make IAAF World Athlete short list


November 10, 2016
@Normal:Usain Bolt celebrates after winning his third gold medal at the Rio Olympics.
Elaine Thompson

Jamaica's Olympic Games double sprint champions, Usain Bolt and Elaine Thompson have been short listed for the International Association of Athletics Federations 2016 World Athlete of the Year awards.

Bolt, who won the men's 100m, 200m, and 4x100m gold at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, made the shortlist along with South Africa's 400m Olympic champion and world record holder, Wayne van, Niekirk as well as Great Britain's's Mo Farah who became the first man to win double Olympic sprint titles in the 5,000m and 10,000m following victories in Rio.

voting process

Thompson won the 100m and 200m titles in Rio and was short-listed with Ethiopia's Almaz Ayana who won the 10,000m title in Rio as well as a bronze medal in the 5,000m.

Anita Wlodarczyk of Poland won gold in the women's hammer throw in Rio.

The final six were shortlisted from a group of 10 males and 10 females in a three-way voting process with the IAAF Council's vote accounting for 50 per cent of the result, the IAAF Family's vote accounting for 25 per cent and a public vote, conducted via social media, accounting for 25 per cent of the final result.

The winners will be announced at the IAAF Athletics Awards in December.

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