Olympic champion and world marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge has made it to the final shortlist of five for the 2021 Male Athlete of the Year award.
Kipchoge will be up against Olympic 5,000m champion Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda, Olympic and Diamond League shot put champion Ryan Crouser of the USA, Olympic Pole Vault champion Mondo Duplantis from Sweden and Norwegian Karseten Warholm who also made it to the final.
According to a statement from World Athletics, a three-way voting process that closed on 6th November determined the finalists.
The World Athletics Council and the World Athletics Family cast their votes by email, while fans voted online via the World Athletics social media platforms.
The World Athletics Council’s vote counted for 50 per cent of the result, while the World Athletics Family’s votes and the public votes each counted for 25 per cent of the final result.
Kipchoge who successfully defended his title at the Tokyo Olympics will be hoping to win the award for the third time after bagging the crown in 2018 and 2019.
Only three male athletes have won the award more than twice, with Usain Bolt and Hicham El Guerrouj having won it six and three times respectively.
The winner of the prestigious prize will be announced during the World Athletics awards that will be held virtually on 1st December.