The Male and Female World Athlete of the Year 2008 will each receive an award of US$100,000.
The World Athletics Gala, which includes the announcements of the Male and the Female World Athlete of the Year 2008, will be hosted on Sunday 23 November at the Salle des Etoiles of the Sporting Club d’Eté, Monte-Carlo by International Athletic Foundation (IAF) Honorary President HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco and IAF & IAAF President Lamine Diack.
Following a poll of the IAAF Family and the votes of fans on the IAAF Website, three male and the three female finalists are still in the running to become the 2008 World Athlete of the Year.
This weekend a Special Jury of the International Athletic Foundation will meet to consider the merits of these six finalists, their decision regarding the two winners who will each receive a prize of US$100,000 announced live on stage at the World Athletics Gala.
Male and Female World Athlete of the Year 2008
The finalists are:
in alphabetical order
Kenenisa Bekele (ETH)
Usain Bolt (JAM)
Dayron Robles (CUB)
Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH)
Yelena Isinbayeva (RUS)
Pamela Jelimo (KEN)
World Athletes of the Year
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