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Noah Lyles, Kelvin Kiptum Named As Finalists for Men’s World Athlete of the Year Award
- The finalists for the Men’s World Athlete of the Year awards have been announced
- Noah Lyles will battle it out with the likes of Kelvin Kiptum and Mondo Duplantis
- The winner will be announced in December
Noah Lyles and Kelvin Kiptum are among those confirmed as finalists of the 2023 Men’s World Athlete of the Year award by World Athletics.
Those two track stars will face tough competition from Neeraj Chopra, Ryan Crouser and Mondo Duplantis.
Lyles is dubbed as the favourite following a phenomenal 2023 season. He won three gold medals at the 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest. One for the men's 100m, 200m and the 4x100 relay with Team USA.
He also drew the ire of NBA superstars for claiming NBA champions are not world champions.
Kelvin Kiptum smashed the men's marathon world record by clocking 2:00:35 at the Chicago Marathon on October 8. Ethiopia's Tigist Assefa also broke the women's world marathon record in September in Berlin.
World Athletics has now confirmed the finalists for both men's and women's awards.
Duplantis, Crouser, Chopra make final
Pole vault superstar Mondo Duplantis comfortably won the world title and the Diamond League final. The Swede cleared 6.23m to register his seventh world record of his career in Eugene.
India's javelin star Neeraj Chopra won the world title and the Asian title at the Hangzhou Asian Games. He was beaten in the Diamond League final by Czech Republic’s Jakub Vadlejch.
American Ryan Crouser defended his shot put world title despite having two blood clots in his legs. He became the first man in history to land double world and Olympic shot put titles, per World Athletics.
These five track and field athletes all have a great chance to win the award. The winner will be announced on December 11 after votes from the World Athletics Council, the World Athletics Family, and fans.
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Comparing finalists for women's award
Sports Brief earlier compared the five finalists for the Women's World Athlete of the Year award.
Kenya's Faith Kipyegon is the front-runner after breaking three world records in 2023 and winning the women's 1500m title and the Diamond League final.
Other finalists include marathon world record holder Tigist Assefa, Dutch sprint star Femke Bol, Jamaica's Shericka Jackson and Yulimar Rojas.