Okagbare misses out on IAAF award shortlist

Blessing Okagbare

The blistering performances of Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare in the2014 Athletics season was still not able to earn her place in the final shortlist of 10 men and 10 women announced by the IAAF on Friday for the 2014 World Athlete of the Year Award.

According to world athletics body, the candidates in the run for the prestigious award were selected by an international panel of athletics experts which include representatives from all six continental areas of the IAAF.

Voting for finalists among the shortlisted candidates begin today, (Friday) and will close at midnight on Thursday.

At the conclusion of the voting process, three male and three female finalists will be selected and announced by the IAAF.

The Council of the International Athletics Foundation will then select the male and female winners, with the announcement taking place live on stage during the 2014 World Athletics Gala on Friday, November 21.

Although Okagbare may have missed out on a nomination from IAAF, the Nigerian sprint star will nonetheless be proud of her performances this season which includes, amongst others, winning the 100m and 200m gold at the Commonwealth Games in which she set a new Games Record in the latter.

Also, Okagbare, who has been shortlisted for several awards on the home front, was only recently a recipient of the MFR award.

The candidates for the World Athlete of the Year Award are (athletes listed in alphabetical order):

Nigel Amos (BOT)
Mutaz Essa Barshim (QAT)
Jairus Kipchoge Birech (KEN)
Bogdan Bondarenko (UKR)
Yohan Diniz (FRA)
Justin Gatlin (USA)
Robert Harting (GER)
Dennis Kipruto Kimetto (KEN)
Renaud Lavillenie (FRA)
LaShawn Merritt (USA)

Valerie Adams (NZL)
Genzebe Dibaba (ETH)
Dawn Harper Nelson (USA)
Caterine Ibarguen (COL)
Francena McCorory (USA)
Sandra Perkovic (CRO)
Dafne Schippers (NED)
Kaliese Spencer (JAM)
Barbora Spotakova (CZE)
Anita Wlodarczyk (POL)

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