London Marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge, Timothy Cheruiyot and Emmanuel Korir are among 10 nominees for 2018 IAAF Male Athlete of the Year.
IAAF said the nominations marks the opening of the voting process for the 2018 World Athletes of the Year ahead of the IAAF Athletics Awards 2018 in Monaco on December 4.
The 10 nominees were selected by an international panel of athletics experts, comprising representatives from all six continental areas of the IAAF.
A three-way voting process will determine the finalists.
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, Twitter and Instagram this week; a ‘like’ on Facebook and Instagram or a retweet on Twitter will count as one vote.
The IAAF Council’s vote will count for 50 per cent of the result, while the IAAF Family’s votes and the public votes will each count for 25 per cent of the final result.
Voting for the Male World Athlete of the Year closes on November 13. At the conclusion of the voting process, five men and five women finalists will be announced by the IAAF.
The male and female World Athletes of the Year will be announced live on stage at the IAAF Athletics Awards 2018.
The nominees for 2018 Male World Athlete of the Year are:
Eliud Kipchoge (Kenya), is the London Marathon champion with the biggest improvement on a men’s marathon world record since 1967.
In September, Kipchoge’s epic gallop gripped the imagination of an entire nation. In every village and town, big and small, crowds assembled in expectation. He had tried and came short twice before. This time he was not to be denied.
His spindly but sturdy legs carried the hopes of all his 40 million fans. The loose fitting, sweat drenched white T-Shirt hang loosely over his 5-foot 6 rugged frame, barely doing justice to his solid 57 kilos.
Timothy Cheruiyot (Kenya), has led in both 1500m and one mile, with nine out of 11 wins across those distances. He is a Diamond League champion and got a Silver at the Commonwealth Games and African Championships.
In July, Cheruiyot won the men’s 1500m run and set a new record of 3.28.41 to take home the full 8 points beating his own record of 3.31.22.
The 22-year-old lad has won numerous awards which include the Shanghai Diamond League 1500m, Bowerman Mile at the Eugene Diamond League, 1500m race at the Rome Diamond League series in 3:31.22.
Emmanuel Korir (Kenya) has been the world’s fastest at 800m since 2012. He has won Diamond League champion, Continental Cup winner and African Championships silver. He was the World number six at 400m.