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Rudisha leads four Kenyans to IAAF Award shortlist

Kenya's David Rudisha timed 1min 42.15sec to become the first man in 52 years to defend the 800m title
Kenya’s David Rudisha timed 1min 42.15sec to become the first man in 52 years to defend the 800m title

NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 18 – World record holder and Olympic champion David Rudisha is among four Kenyan stars nominated for the 2016 IAAF World Athlete of the year ahead of the gala night in Monaco December 2.

Other Olympians who complete the Kenyan list are marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge, 10,000m silver medallist Vivian Cheruiyot and 3000m steeplechase title holder Conseslus Kipruto who made it in the star-studded list.

The 10 men and 10 women nominees were unveiled on Tuesday by the world athletics governing body (IAAF) after selection was done by an international panel of athletics experts, comprising representatives from all six continental areas of the IAAF.

It is the first time that Kipruto who beat a classy field that included steeplechase great Ezekiel Kemboi to win gold in Rio is making the list for the prestigious award which Rudisha, the 800m world champion has been nominated thrice before and won it in 2012 when he broke the world record at the Olympics in London.

Thanks to his splendid 2016 season, Kipruto won the Diamond League trophy and Ksh 4m prize money for his dominating run in the series.

Cheruiyot on the other hand is no stranger to the listing having won it in 2011 when she clinched double track titles in Daegu World Championships.

Kipchoge considered the finest marathoner of the moment won the Olympic gold and successfully defended his London Marathon title in April after winning Berlin Marathon to clinch the World Majors that came along with $500,000 (Ksh 50.6m).

The IAAF Council and will cast their votes by email, while fans can vote online through the IAAF’s social media platforms.

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.

At the conclusion of the voting process which closes November 1, three men and three women finalists will be announced by the IAAF.