Justin Gatlin left off athlete of the year shortlist

Kenya's Hellen Obiri celebrates as she crosses the finish line to win the women's 5000m race during the AG Insurance Memorial Van Damme athletics event the last meeting of the IAAF Diamond League competition

Kenya's Hellen Obiri celebrates as she crosses the finish line to win the women's 5000m race during the AG Insurance Memorial Van Damme athletics event the last meeting of the IAAF Diamond League competition

The shortlist released on Monday includes 10 men and 10 women nominees who were selected by an worldwide panel of athletics experts, comprising representatives from all six continental areas of the IAAF.

The list, which comprises of 10 male and 10 female athletes, was prepared by an worldwide board of experts in athletics, including representatives from at least six continental zones of the IAAF.

Reigning 110m hurdles World Champion Omar McLeod is the only Jamaican who has been nominated for the 2017 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Male Athlete of the Year award.

The world athletics body also announced that this year's athletes of the year will be unveiled on November 24 in Monaco, Europe.

Farah's rivals for the award, which will be decided partially by votes from the IAAF Council, its wider community and the public, includes South Africa's 400m world champion, Wayde van Niekerk, as well Germany's javelin world champion Johannes Vetter, and Luvo Manyonga, who won long jump gold after beating an addiction to crystal meth.

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South African Caster Semenya heads the women nominees after winning the 800m title on the closing night of the World Championships.

The six will battle it out with other world-class athletes like Mohamed Farah of Great Britain, Sam Kendricks of the United States, Anita Wlodarczyk of Polland, Sally Pearson of Australia, among others.

The IAAF council vote will count 50% and the IAAF "family" vote will count 25%.

Voting will close on October 16, with three men and three women finalists to be announced by the IAAF at the conclusion of the voting process.

She had to skip last year's Summer Olympics in Rio due to a blanket ban of Russian track and field team, imposed by the IAAF, now has a chance to become 2017 IAAF's female athlete of the year. It is easy to determine who is good, and who is not in track and field.

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