Jamaicans shortlisted for British athletics award
Athletic Weekly, the well- known British publication, has included Usain Bolt, Elaine Thompson and Omar McLeod among its nominees for Athlete of the Year. Readers of the magazine will vote for their choice from a star- studded line-up of eight men and eight women.
Voting opened on November 10 and will close on December 1, with the results to be published a week later.
The male nominees for the magazine's International Male Athlete of 2016 are US shot putter Ryan Crouser, British distance runner Month Farah, Kenyan marathoner Eliud Kipchoge, US decathlete Ashton Eaton, Kenyan 800m runner David Rudisha, South African 400m sprinter Wayde van Nierkerk, Bolt and McLeod.
All eight were gold medal winners in the Rio Olympic Games, with Bolt taking the 100 and 200m, and McLeod placing first in the 110m hurdles.
The female nominees are Polish hammer thrower Anita Wlodarczyk, Ethiopia's distance runner Almaz Ayana, US 100m hurdler Kendra Harrison, South African 800m runner Caster Semenya, Croatian discus thrower Sandra Perkovic, steeplechaser Ruth Jebet of Bahrain, Bahamian 400 metre runner Shaunae Miller and Thompson. All but Harrison won gold medals in Rio. Ayana, Wlodarczyk, Jebet and Harrison all set world records this year.
Like Bolt, Thompson triumphed in Rio in the 100 and 200 metres.
Everyone on the Athletics Weekly list was also among the nominees for the 2016 IAAF Athlete of the Year Awards announced on October. Since then, a preliminary round of voting has left Bolt, Farah and van Niekerk as candidates for the male award, with Ayana, Thompson and Wlodarczyk left to vie for the ladies' award.