Will Usain win the 2015 IAAF World Athlete of the Year award?

Usain Bolt has been named as a finalist for the 2015 IAAF World Athlete of the Year award. He joins the American duo of decathlete Ashton Eaton and triple jumper Christian Taylor on the year’s shortlist. Last month IAAF was asked to select nine men and nine women from each of the following categories: sprints, hurdles, middle and long distance, road running, race walking, jumps, throws, combined events and multi-terrain.

The top-voted athletes in each category formed the longlist, from which an international panel of 10 experts selected the three finalists. Bolt successfully defended his 100m, 200m and 4x100m titles at the IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015. He clocked a world-leading time of 19.55 when winning the 200m to qualify for the accolade.

If Bolt wins this year’s award, it would be his sixth adding to his standing record of five victories which includes three straight from 2011 to 2013.

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