World and Commonwealth Games champion Luvo Manyonga has also not made the IAAF’s shortlist of five finalists for its Male World Athlete of the Year award for 2018, a day after compatriot Caster Semenya did not make the cut in the category for Female World Athlete of the Year for 2018.
The International Association of Athletics Federations on Tuesday announced the shortlist of five, with the winner being announced in Monaco on 4 December.
The South African long jump sensation has had a stellar year, having won the Commonwealth Games gold medal on the Gold Coast, Australia, in April with a meeting record of 8.41 meters. The 27-year-old also claimed the Diamond league title, and won a silver medal at the World Indoor and African Championships.
Meanwhile, middle-distance athletics superstar Semenya was controversially left out of the five finalists in the Female of the Year award for 2018.
Semenya‚ the Diamond League and Continental Cup 800m champion this year‚ ran the fourth-fastest 800m of all time and also enjoyed top-10 rankings in the 1500m and 400m. She took the 800m and 1500m double at the Commonwealth Games and the 800m and 400m double at the African championships.
But her feats didn’t convince the IAAF‚ who wants to introduce regulations for athletes with hyperandrogenism that would require the 27-year-old Semenya to take medication to lower naturally occurring higher levels of testosterone. Semenya has challenged the move at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland.
Manyonga had been among the IAAF’s 10 nominees named last month‚ with a ballot deciding the five finalists. A public vote counted 25%‚ the IAAF council 50% and ‘the IAAF Family 25%.
The IAAF’s five finalists are:
Christian Coleman ( United States of America, 100m sprinter),
Armand Duplantis (Sweden, pole vault),
Eliud Kipchoge (Kenya, marathon),
Kevin Mayer (France, decathlon),
Abderrahman Samba (Qatar, 400m hurdles).
Photo: Luvo Manyonga, by Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images