Nov 4, 2013, 11:43 AM EST
The only track and field athlete to break a world record in 2013 is not a finalist for World Athlete of the Year,
The IAAF, track and field’s international governing body, narrowed its men’s list from 10 to three finalists on Monday — Usain Bolt, Mo Farah and Bohdan Bondarenko.
It left off Kenyan Wilson Kipsang, who won the Berlin Marathon in a world record time of 2 hours, three minutes, 23 seconds, on Sept. 29. Kipsang also finished fifth in the London Marathon and won the New York Half Marathon.
Bolt won the IAAF World Athlete of the Year Award in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012. Kenyan David Rudisha, the world record holder in the 800m, won in 2010, when Bolt was hampered by injury and lost a 100m to Tyson Gay.
This year, Bolt won triple gold at the World Championships, sweeping the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay. He lost one race, a 100m to Justin Gatlin in June.
Farah was the only man other than Bolt to win two individual world championships in 2013. The Somalian-born, Oregon-trained Brit became the first man to sweep the 5000m and 10,000m at worlds the year after sweeping the events at the Olympics.
High jumper Bondarenko was the only male track and field athlete to win a specific event at five Diamond League meetings this season and capture a world championship. The lanky Ukrainian also made several failed attempts to break Javier Sotomayor‘s world record of 2.45 meters from 1993.
The last time Bolt did not win World Athlete of the Year, the winner, Rudisha, broke a world record (twice, actually) in 2010.
The three women’s finalists — also from a list of 10 — will be announced Tuesday.
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