Bolt and Dibaba favorites for IAAF award
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt and Ethiopian distance runner Tirunesh
Dibaba lead the contenders for the IAAF’s world athlete of the year
Bolt won three gold medals with world records in the 100 and 200
meters and 4x100 relay at the Beijing Games, while Dibaba broke the
5,000-meter world record by over five minutes in June and swept the
women’s 5,000 and 10,000 in Beijing.
Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele, who completed the men’s 5,000-10,000
double in Beijing, and Cuba’s Dayron Robles, who broke the 110-meter
hurdles record in June and took the gold in Beijing, are the other men’s
finalists announced Monday.
The other women’s contenders are Kenyan teenager Pamela Jelimo, who
won the women’s 800 meters in Beijing and collected the $1 million
jackpot by winning her event at all six Golden League meetings, and
Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva, who set the 24th world record of
her career to win the Olympic gold with a vault of 5.05 meters.
The winners will be announced at an IAAF gala on Nov. 23.
MONTE CARLO, Monday, AP