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Farah up against Bolt for World Athlete of the Year

ESPN staff
October 1, 2013
Mo Farah won the 5,000m as well as the 10,000m in Moscow © Getty Images

Mo Farah has made the cut for the shortlist of the 2013 IAAF World Athlete of the Year award.

Great Britain's Farah, 30, won World Championships gold in the 5,000m and 10,000m at Moscow, to complete a 'double-double' following his victories in the same events at the London Olympics. Farah also set a new British and European 1,500m record in Monaco.

Six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt is one of the nine athletes Farah is up against. The Jamaican recorded victories in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m in Moscow to become the most successful athlete in World Championships history with eight gold medals.

Farah is also up against Kenya's Wilson Kipsang, who broke the marathon world record in Berlin on Sunday by 15 seconds.

In the women's award, triple world champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is the favourite after dominating in Moscow. She claimed gold in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay.

The IAAF will announce three male and three female finalists after conducting an email poll among members of the "World Athletics Family". The winners will be crowned at the World Athletics Gala on November 16.

Men's shortlist: Mohammed Aman (Ethiopa), Usain Bolt (Jamaica), Bohdan Bondarenko (Ukraine), Ashton Eaton (USA), Mo Farah (GB), Robert Harting (Germany), Wilson Kipsang (Kenya), Aleksandr Menkov (Russia), LaShawn Merritt (USA), Teddy Tamgho (France).

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

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