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Posted on 06 Nov 2016, by Lily Atherton

With less than a month to go until the IAAF Athletics Awards 2016, the IAAF have revealed the names of the finalists for the 2016 IAAF World Athlete of the Year Awards.

Great Britain's Olympic champion Mo Farah is one of three athletes still in contention for the men's IAAF World Athlete of the Year 2016 award. Farah will be going up against Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt and South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk.

The women's award will be between Jamaican sprinter Elaine Thompson, hammer thrower Anita Wlodarczyk from Poland and Ethiopia's 10,000m sprinter Almaz Ayana.

Following his historic "triple triple" in Rio this summer Bolt has been tipped as favourite to win the award for a sixth time.

Finalists will be determined by a three-way voting process. The IAAF Council's vote will count for 50% of the result, the IAAF Family's vote which includes, IAAF member federations; IAAF Committee members; IAAF meeting directions; IAAF athlete ambassadors, athlete's representatives; top athletes, members of the international press; IAAF staff members and the IAAF's official partners for 25%, and a public vote, conducted via social media will make up the remaining 25% of the final result.

The last British athlete to win one of the IAAF's end-of-year awards was Paula Radcliffe in 2002 while the last Briton to win the men's award was triple jumper Jonathan Edwards in 1995. Edwards, Official Ambassador for the IAAF World Championships Exclusive Hospitality programme, was awarded this accolade in the same year he jumped 18.29m- which is still the world record.

The World Athletes of the Year will be announced live on stage at the IAAF Athletics Awards 2016 being hosted in Monaco on 2nd December 2016.

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