With the selection process to choose the 2017 World Athletes of the Year now underway, here’s a closer look at this year’s 10 men’s nominees who were selected by an international panel of athletics experts, comprising representatives from all six continental areas of the IAAF.
The winner will be announced at the IAAF Athletics Awards 2017 in Monaco on Friday 24 November.
The men’s nominees (listed alphabetically):
Mutaz Essa Barshim (QAT)
World high jump champion, IAAF Diamond League champion. Undefeated all year in 11 competitions.
Pawel Fajdek (POL)
World hammer champion, IAAF Hammer Throw Challenge winner. Won 15 of his 16 competitions.
Mo Farah (GBR)
World 10,000m champion, world 5000m silver medallist, IAAF Diamond League champion.
Sam Kendricks (USA)
World pole vault champion, IAAF Diamond League champion. Undefeated all year in 17 competitions.
Elijah Manangoi (KEN)
World 1500m champion.
Luvo Manyonga (RSA)
World long jump champion, IAAF Diamond League champion. Undefeated all year in nine competitions.
Omar McLeod (JAM)
World 110m hurdles champion.
Christian Taylor (USA)
World triple jump champion, IAAF Diamond League champion. Jumped a world-leading 18.11m.
Wayde van Niekerk (RSA)
World 400m champion, world 200m silver medallist. World best at 300m.
Johannes Vetter (GER)
World javelin champion. World lead of 94.44m to move to second on the world all-time list.
Voting procedure for 2017 World Athletes of the Year
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 and Twitter later this week; a 'like' on Facebook or a retweet on Twitter will count as one vote.
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. At the conclusion of the voting process, three men and three 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 2017.