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2007 Athletes of the Year and the finalists are…

  Following the survey of the IAAF Family and the votes of the Internet fans, the IAAF has selected the three male and three female finalists who are still in the running to become the 2007 World Athlete of the Year.

Finalists are: (in alphabetical order)

Tyson Gay USA
Haile Gebrselassie ETH 
Liu Xiang CHN

Meseret Defar ETH
Carolina Klüft SWE
Blanka Vlasic CRO

The finalists names will now be presented to a Special Jury of the International Athletic Foundation, who will then make a final selection of the World Athlete of the Year and announce the winners, live on stage, at the 2007 IAAF World Athletics Gala in Monaco on 25 November.


8 November 2007
2007 Athletes of the Year finalists - spotlight on Liu Xiang and Vlasic

7 November 2007
2007 Athletes of the Year Finalists - spotlight on Gebrselassie and Klüft

6 November 2007
2007 Athletes of the Year finalists -
spotlight on Gay and Defar


The other athletes who had been shortlisted for the Athlete of the Year Award were in order of number of votes received (4th to 11th):

Irving Saladino PAN
Asafa Powell JAM
Jeremy Wariner USA
Bernard Lagat USA
Kenenisa Bekele ETH
Tero Pitkämäki FIN
Zersenay Tadese ERI
Reese Hoffa USA
Yelena Isinbayeva RUS
Allyson Felix USA
Janeth Jepkosgei KEN
Lornah Kiplagat NED
Sanya Richards USA
Maryam Yusuf Jamal BRN
Tatyana Lebedeva RUS
Valerie Vili NZL


The IAAF Family and Public votes opened on Monday 15 October, following the conclusion of the IAAF World Road Running Championships, and closed on Wednesday 31 October at midnight CET.

Weighed at 70% the IAAF Family vote consisted in a list of 1320 recipients including IAAF Council Members, IAAF Member Federations Presidents, IAAF Committee Members, IAAF Meeting Directors, Authorised Athletes’ Representatives, IAAF Staff Members and selected members of the International Press.

As part of the Online Public Vote which weighed at 30% of the overall standings, the IAAF received a total of 165,616 votes (112,571 for the men and 53,045 for the women).