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Help Wayde beat Usain Bolt

David Isacsson | 2016-10-19 07:45:44.0
Wayde van Niekerk and Caster Semenya are among the nominees for the International Association of Athletics Federation's world athlete award. File photo
Image by: SIPHIWE SIBEKO / REUTERS

Fans can help Wayde van Niekerk beat top track and field stars including Usain Bolt and Mo Farah by voting for him to become the first South African man to win the International Association of Athletics Federation's world athlete award.

The sports world governing body yesterday named Van Niekerk and Caster Semenya among the nominees.

But it won't be easy for either.

Bolt, who pushed his career tally of Olympic medals to nine at Rio, is a five-time winner of the award.

US decathlete Ashton Eaton, World Athlete for 2015, Farah and Kenyan David Rudisha retained their Olympic crowns in Brazil.

The award winners will be decided by vote, with the fans' online poll counting 25%.

The IAAF votes will count 50% and IAAF federation members and committee members make up the other quarter.

Voting ends on November 1 and the awards function in Monaco is set for December 2.

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