World champion Wayde van Niekerk has been recognised once again for another incredible season, after being included among three men’s finalists for the IAAF World Athlete of the Year Awards.
His 2017 campaign included two medals at the World Championships in London in August and a 300m world best of 30.81 in Ostrava in June.
Van Niekerk also went unbeaten in the 400m event, successfully defending his global title.
“It is such an honour to be recognised as a finalist again,” he said.
“Just to be mentioned alongside such amazing athletes is special. Congratulations and good luck to my fellow finalists.”
Last year Van Niekerk was also among the finalists, after winning the Olympic 400m title and breaking the world record, but he lost out to Jamaican legend Usain Bolt who earned his third straight Olympic treble.
This year he is up against British distance runner Mo Farah, who secured 10 000m gold and 5 000m silver at the World Championships, and world high jump champion Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar.
The winner will be revealed at the annual IAAF awards ceremony in Monaco on November 24.


Getting his summer season off to a brilliant start, high jump prodigy Breyton Poole entered the record books with a personal best leap in Cape Town on Saturday.
The 17-year-old athlete, who had set his previous career best of 2.24m to win the world youth title in Nairobi earlier this year, went one centimetre higher at the Western Province Athletics open meeting, clearing the bar at 2.25m.
With this performance, he equalled the 18-year-old national youth record held by former world champion Jacques Freitag.
He also climbed to a tie for seventh position in the South African senior all-time list, as well as a share of 12th place in the world all-time rankings in his age group.
With two years ahead of him in the U-20 age division, Poole is already within sight of Freitag’s national junior record of 2.31m, with only two SA athletes (Freitag and Casper Labuschagne) having previously jumped higher than 2.25m at junior level.
“Breyton has again proved he is one of SA’s most exciting track and field prospects, with this record highlighting his immense potential,” said Peet van Zyl of In-Site Athlete Management.
“Already in the best form of his life at this early stage of the season, if he can build on his rapid progress, I think we can expect more fireworks from him next year.”