PARIS (AFP) - World and Olympic champions Usain Bolt of Jamaica and Mohamed Farah of Britain have both been named among those on the 10-man shortlist for the IAAF 2013 World Athlete of the Year Award.
Both men starred at the recent World Athletics Championships in Moscow where Bolt won gold in the 100 and 200 metres and Farah clinched a rare 5,000-10,000 metres double.
The women's shortlist has top Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce as well as Ethiopian long-distance stars Meseret Defar and Tirunesh Dibaba.
The shortlist will be cut back to just three after a voting process and the winners will be announced by the IAAF at a ceremony on November 16.
The candidates are as follow.
Men: Mohammed Aman (Eth), Usain Bolt (Jam), Bohdan Bondarenko (Ukr), Ashton Eaton (USA), Mohamed Farah (Gbr), Robert Harting (Ger), Wilson Kipsang (Ken), Aleksandr Menkov (Rus), LaShawn Merritt (USA), and Teddy Tamgho (Fra).
Women: Valerie Adams (Nzl), Abeba Aregawi (Swe), Meseret Defar (Eth), Tirunesh Dibaba (Eth), Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (Jam), Zuzana Hejnova (Cze), Caterine Ibargül;en (Col), Sandra Perkovic (Cro), Brianna Rollins (USA), and Svetlana Shkolina (Rus).