World Athlete of the Year
Nominees

Men

Nominee Nijel Amos wins the 800m at the IAAF Continental Cup, Marrakech 2014 (Getty Images) Nijel Amos BOT BOT Diamond Race 800m winner, world leader, Continental Cup winner, African champion, Commonwealth champion.
Finalist High jump winner Mutaz Essa Barshim at the 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Sopot (Getty Images) Mutaz Essa Barshim QAT QAT Diamond Race high jump winner, Asian record of 2.43m put him second on world all-time list, world indoor champion.
Nominee Jairus Birech on his way to victory in the 3000m steeplechase at the IAAF Continental Cup, Marrakech 2014 (Getty Images) Jairus Kipchoge Birech KEN KEN Diamond Race steeplechase winner, world leader, Continental Cup winner, African champion.
Nominee High jump winner Bogdan Bondarenko at the IAAF Continental Cup, Marrakech 2014 (Getty Images) Bogdan Bondarenko UKR UKR Continental Cup high jump winner, European champion, ended season at equal third on world all-time list with 2.42m.
Nominee Yohann Diniz of France wins the European 50km race walk title with a world record (Getty Images) Yohann Diniz FRA FRA Broke world 50km race walk record when winning European title, undefeated in all race walk competitions.
Nominee Justin Gatlin winning the 100m at the 2014 IAAF Diamond League final in Brussels () Justin Gatlin USA USA Diamond Race 100m winner, world leads in 100m and 200m, undefeated in all individual races.
Finalist Dennis Kimetto en route to setting a marathon world record at the 2014 BMW Berlin Marathon (Organisers / photorun.net) Dennis Kipruto Kimetto KEN KEN Broke marathon world record with 2:02:57 when winning in Berlin.
Finalist Renaud Lavillenie wins the pole vault at the IAAF Continental Cup, Marrakech 2014 (Getty Images) Renaud Lavillenie FRA FRA Broke long-standing pole vault world record, won European title, Continental Cup winner, won unprecedented fifth Diamond Race, won 22 of 23 competitions.
Nominee LaShawn Merritt wins the 400m at the IAAF Continental Cup, Marrakech 2014 (Getty Images) LaShawn Merritt USA USA Diamond Race 400m winner, Continental Cup winner.
Robert Harting GER GER Robert Harting (GER) was nominated by the Expert Panel for the shortlist but has requested to be removed from the vote.

Women

Finalist Shot put winner Valerie Adams at the 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Sopot (Getty Images) Valerie Adams NZL NZL Diamond Race shot put winner, world indoor champion, Commonwealth champion, undefeated in all competitions indoors and outdoors.
Finalist Genzebe Dibaba, winner of the 3000m at the IAAF Continental Cup, Marrakech 2014 (Getty Images) Genzebe Dibaba ETH ETH World indoor 3000m champion, Continental Cup winner, 5000m world lead, broke two world indoor records and a world indoor best.
Nominee Dawn Harper Nelson wins the 100m hurdles at the IAAF Continental Cup, Marrakech 2014 (Getty Images) Dawn Harper Nelson USA USA Diamond Race 100m hurdles winner, world leader, Continental Cup winner.
Nominee Caterine Ibarguen wins the triple jump at the IAAF Continental Cup, Marrakech 2014 (Getty Images) Caterine Ibarguen COL COL Diamond Race triple jump winner, Continental Cup winner, world leader with best jump in the world since 2008, undefeated all season.
Nominee Francena McCorory in the womens 400m at the IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 (Getty Images) Francena McCorory USA USA World indoor 400m champion, Continental Cup winner, world leader.
Nominee Sandra Perkovic at the 2014 European Athletics Championships (Getty Images) Sandra Perkovic CRO CRO Diamond Race discus winner, European champion, world leader with best throw in the world since 1992, three throws beyond 70 metres.
Finalist Dafne Schippers wins the women's 200m at the IAAF Continental Cup, Marrakech 2014 (Getty Images) Dafne Schippers NED NED European champion over 100m and 200m, Continental Cup 200m winner, national records in five events.
Nominee Kaliese Spencer at the IAAF Continental Cup, Marrakech 2014 (Getty Images) Kaliese Spencer JAM JAM Diamond Race 400m hurdles winner, Continental Cup winner, Commonwealth champion, world leader, won 10 of 11 races at 400m hurdles.
Nominee Barbora Spotakova on her way to winning the javelin at the IAAF Continental Cup, Marrakech 2014 (Getty Images) Barbora Spotakova CZE CZE Diamond Race javelin winner, Continental Cup winner, European champion, world leader, won nine of 10 competitions.
Nominee Anita Wlodarczyk, winner of the hammer at the IAAF Continental Cup, Marrakech 2014 (Getty Images) Anita Wlodarczyk POL POL World record in the hammer, Hammer Throw Challenge winner, Continental Cup winner, European champion, won seven of eight competitions.