World Athlete of the Year
Nominees

Men

Nominee Ashton Eaton after winning the decathlon at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (Getty Images) Ashton Eaton USA USA

Olympic decathlon champion

Nominee Christian Taylor in the triple jump at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (Getty Images) Christian Taylor USA USA

Olympic triple jump champion

Nominee Conseslus Kipruto wins the 3000m steeplechase at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (Getty Images) Conseslus Kipruto KEN KEN

Olympic 3000m steeplechase champion

Nominee David Rudisha () David Rudisha KEN KEN

Olympic 800m champion

Nominee Eliud Kipchoge wins the men's marathon at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (Getty Images) Eliud Kipchoge KEN KEN

Olympic marathon champion

Finalist Mo Farah wins the 5000m at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (Getty Images) Mo Farah GBR GBR

Olympic 5000m and 10,000m champion

Nominee Omar McLeod after winning the 110m hurdles at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (Getty Images) Omar McLeod JAM JAM

Olympic 110m hurdles champion and world indoor 60m hurdles champion

Nominee Thiago Braz da Silva in the pole vault at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (Getty Images) Thiago Braz da Silva BRA BRA

Olympic pole vault champion

Winner Usain Bolt - 2016 World Athlete of the Year (Giancarlo Colombo for IAAF) Usain Bolt JAM JAM

Olympic 100m, 200m and 4x100m champion

Finalist Wayde van Niekerk in the 400m at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (Getty Images) Wayde van Niekerk RSA RSA

Olympic 400m champion with world record performance

Women

Winner Almaz Ayana - 2016 World Athlete of the Year (Giancarlo Colombo for IAAF) Almaz Ayana ETH ETH

Olympic 10,000m champion and world record breaker

Finalist Anita Wlodarczyk in the hammer at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (AFP / Getty Images) Anita Wlodarczyk POL POL

Olympic hammer champion and world record breaker

Nominee Caster Semenya () Caster Semenya RSA RSA

Olympic 800m champion

Nominee Caterine Ibarguen in the triple jump at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (AFP / Getty Images) Caterine Ibarguen COL COL

Olympic triple jump champion

Finalist Elaine Thompson wins the 100m at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (Getty Images) Elaine Thompson JAM JAM

Olympic 100m and 200m champion

Nominee Kendra Harrison after breaking the world 100m hurdles record at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in London (Getty Images) Kendra Harrison USA USA

World 100m hurdles record breaker

Nominee Ruth Beitia after winning the high jump at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (Getty Images) Ruth Beitia ESP ESP

Olympic high jump champion

Nominee Ruth Jebet wins the 3000m steeplechase at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (Getty Images) Ruth Jebet BRN BRN

Olympic 3000m steeplechase champion, world record breaker

Nominee Sandra Perkovic in the discus at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (AFP / Getty Images) Sandra Perkovic CRO CRO

Olympic discus champion

Nominee Vivian Cheruiyot at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (Getty Images) Vivian Cheruiyot KEN KEN

Olympic 5000m champion