Hellen Obiri,Elijah Manangoi nominated for Athlete of the Year

World champion Hellen Obiri and Elijah Manangoi have been nominated in the 2017 world Athletes of the Year Award set for November.

The duo are part of a list of 10 men and 10 women nominees, who were selected by an international panel of athletics experts, comprising representatives from all six continental areas of the IAAF released on Monday.

The winners will be announced at the IAAF Athletics Awards 2017 in Monaco on November 24 this year.

The two Kenyans had a stellar season winning gold in the women’s 5,000m as well as the men’s 1,500 at the World Championships held in London in August this year. The Olympic 5,000m silver medallist went on to win a maiden Diamond League trophy after five wins in the Diamond League this season.

Obiri became the first Kenyan to win the 5,000m series since Mercy Cherono in 2014. She will come up against the World and Olympic 10,000m record holder Almaz Ayana, whom she beat in London as well as Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya of South Africa.

Manangoi on the other hand led a Kenyan 1-2 in the men’s 1500m in London upstaging teammate Asbel Kiprop. It was an improvement for the 24-year-old policeman, who won silver at the 2015 Beijing World Championships

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