The IAAF this week announced the 20 nominees for its annual men's and women's Athlete of the Year awards. Women's nominees include Valerie Adams, Abeba Aregawi, Meseret Defar, Tirunesh Dibaba, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Zuzana Hejnova, Caterine Ibarguen, Sandra Perkovic, Brianna Rollins and Svetlana Shkolina.
Men's nominees are Mohammed Aman, Usain Bolt, Bohdan Bondarenko, Ashton Eaton, Mo Farah, Robert Harting, Wilson Kipsang, Aleksandr Menkov, LaShawn Merritt and Teddy Tamgho.
Every nominee except Kipsang earned at least one gold medal at the recent World Championships, but Kipsang broke the marathon world record last Sunday. Bolt and Fraser-Pryce won three gold medals apiece at the World Championships, in the 100 and 200 meters plus the 4 x 100-meter relay. Farah earned golds in the 5,000- and 10,000-meter events, while Merritt won the 400 and ran on the victorious United States 4 x 400-meter relay squad.
Bolt has won the men's award in four of the previous five years. Defar is the only previous women's winner, having earned the award in 2007.
The winners will be announced on Nov. 16.