World record-holders Kipchoge, Mayer nominated for athlete of the year

The Kenyan and Frenchman are joined on the shortlist by Christian Coleman, the quickest person over 60m indoors.

Kevin Mayer reacts after setting a new world record in the decathlon during the IAAF 'Decastar' World Combined Events Challenge in Talence.   -  AFP

The world’s fastest marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge and world decathlon record-holder Kevin Mayer are among five nominees for the IAAF’s male athlete of the year, the federation announced on Tuesday.

The Kenyan and Frenchman are joined on the shortlist by the quickest person over 60m indoors American Christian Coleman, European pole-vault champion Armand Duplantis from Sweden and Asian Games 400m hurdles champion in Qatar’s Abderrahman Samba.

The contenders for the women’s prize were announced a day earlier with Kenya’s 3000m steeplechase world record-holder Beatrice Chepkoech, 100m European champion in Great Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith, Colombia’s Diamond League long and triple jump title-holder Caterine Ibarguen, the Bahamas’ 200m Diamond League gold-medallist Shaunae Miller-Uibo and European heptathlon champion in Belgian Nafissatou Thiam all included.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Monaco on December 4 after voting from the IAAF’s Council, IAAF members and the public.