Africa will be represented by Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge and Morocco’s Soufiane El Bakkali at the 2022 Men’s World Athlete of the Year Awards.

Kipchoge and Bakkali are among three other finalists, who represent five countries from three area associations, have achieved sensational performances across a range of athletics disciplines in 2022, at the World Athletics Championships Oregon22, World Athletics Indoor Championships Belgrade 22, one-day meeting circuits and other events around the world.

Eliud Kipchoge improved his world marathon record to 2:01:09 during this year’s Berlin Marathon where he was crowned champion for the record fourth time. He also won the Tokyo Olympic Marathon title.

The finalists are (in alphabetical order):

Mondo Duplantis, SWE

– World pole vault champion indoors and outdoors
– Diamond League and European pole vault champion
– Improved his world record to 6.19m and 6.20m indoors, and then 6.21m outdoors

Soufiane El Bakkali, MAR

– World 3000m steeplechase champion
– Diamond League 3000m steeplechase champion
– Unbeaten in 2022, running a world-leading 7:58.28 in Rabat

Jakob Ingebrigtsen, NOR

– World 5000m champion, world 1500m silver medallist indoors and outdoors
– European 1500m and 5000m champion
– Ran a world indoor 1500m record of 3:30.60 and won the Diamond League title in a world-leading 3:29.02

Noah Lyles, USA

– World 200m champion
– Diamond League 200m champion
– Ran a world-leading national record of 19.31 to move to third on the world all-time list

A three-way voting process determined the finalists.

The World Athletics Council and the World Athletics Family cast their votes by email, while fans logged their decisions online via the World Athletics social media platforms where a record 1.3 million votes were registered.

The World Athletics Council’s vote counted for 50% of the result, while the World Athletics Family’s votes and the public votes each counted for 25% of the final result.

Voting closed on 31 October.
The World Athletes of the Year will be announced on World Athletics’ social media platforms in early December, as part of the World Athletics Awards 2022.

Additional reporting by the World Athletics

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