Brit in the running for World Athlete of the year

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Mo Farah celebrates photo credit thanks Garda via Flickr

Britain’s very own Mo Farah has been placed on the shortlist to win this year’s World Athlete of the year award.

Mo Farah created history by becoming the second man in athletic records to complete an Olympic and World double-double in the distance events.

The International Association of Athletics Federations announced the initial list had 10 names on it with the likes of Mohammed Aman (ETH) , Ashton Eaton (USA), Robert Harting (GER), Wilson Kipsang (KEN), Aleksandr Menkov (RUS), LaShawn Merritt (USA) and Teddy Tamgho (FRA) which were then narrowed down to just three. Farah will be up against Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt and the Ukrainian high jumper Bohdan Bondarenko for the award.

Mo Farah set a new British and European record in the 5,000 and 10,000m this year in Monaco. Farah also took part in a different event in the 1,500m and set a time of 3:28:81 beating former British runner Steve Cram to become sixth highest on the all time list.

So far in his career, Farah has won 12 gold medals, seven silvers and one bronze. The medals won range over different events which include European Championships indoor & outdoors,cross country Championships and Olympic Games.

One of Farah’s opponents, Bolt has won three titles this year to make him the most successful athlete in World Championships history with eight gold medals. Bolt ran a time of 9.77 seconds in the 100m final. Bolt was part of the Jamaican side who finished with a time of 37.36.

The other opponent, Bondarenko, 24, received gold in Russia earlier this year after he cleared 2.41m twice in the high jump, making it the highest jump in 19 years. Bondarenko has won five gold medals and one bronze in his career to date.

The women award is also up for grabs this year with Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce leading the way and the final three being announced this week. Fraser-Pryce took control in Russia by claiming gold medals in three different events which are 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay.

The women’s list also include Valerie Adams of New Zealand who this year won her fourth world title in shot put. Abeba Aregawi and Brianna Rollins have had a good run by receiving their first gold medal in their career and Tirunesh Dibaba claimed her fifth World

Championship gold in Moscow in the 10,000m. Fellow Ethiopian Meseret Defar added another gold medal in the 5,000m to her gold Olympic win in 2012.

The award will be given to the winners at the 2013 World Athletics Gala on 16 November. Men’s finalists: Usain Bolt (Jamaica), Bohdan Bondarenko (Ukraine), Mo Farah (GB).

Women’s shortlist: Valerie Adams (New Zealand), Abeba Aregawi (Sweden), Meseret Defar(Ethiopia), Tirunesh Dibaba (Ethiopia), Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (Jamaica), Zuzana Hejnova (Czech Republic), Caterine Ibarguen (Colombia), Sandra Perkovic (Croatia), Brianna Rollins (USA), Svetlana Shkolina (Russia).

Mo Farah’s major medals

• 2013 World Championships gold (10,000m & 5,000m)

• 2012 Olympic gold (10,000m & 5,000m)

• 2012 European gold (5,000m)

• 2011 World Championships gold (5,000m) and silver (10,000m) • 2011 European Indoor gold (3,000m)

• 2010 European gold (10,000m & 5,000m)

• 2009 European Indoor gold (3,000m)

• 2006 European silver (5,000m)

What achievements can Mo Farah add to his current collection?

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