In Summary
  • World 5,000m champion Hellen Obiri is not a happy after she was excluded from the final list of three women for the IAAF World Athlete of the Year awards.
  • Obiri’s compatriot World 1,500m champion Elijah Manangoi also failed to make the final list for men’s top award.
    Manangoi and Obiri, who won the 1,500m and 5,000m titles at the World Championships in London in August this year, were missing from the final list released by the IAAF on Monday after the final round of voting.

World 5,000m champion Hellen Obiri is not a happy after she was excluded from the final list of three women for the IAAF World Athlete of the Year awards.

Obiri’s compatriot World 1,500m champion Elijah Manangoi also failed to make the final list for men’s top award.
Manangoi and Obiri, who won the 1,500m and 5,000m titles at the World Championships in London in August this year, were missing from the final list released by the IAAF on Monday after the final round of voting.

Questioning the criteria used to select the final three, Obiri said she was consistent compared to some of the athletes who made the final list.

“I was consistent whole year, winning the World title besides running two fastest times this year in Rome (14:18.37) and Shanghai (14:22.47) in 5,000m,” said Obiri, whose performance saw her win the 2017 Diamond League Series in 5,000m/3,000m.

Obiri said she will not lose hoping, adding that her performance next season will help silence her critics.

“It’s not fair at all but that inspires me to perform even better next season,” said Obiri.

Obiri said she will attempt to reclaim her World Indoor 3,000m title the 2018 Championships in Birmingham in March before attempting the 10,000m title at the Commonwealth Games due April in Gold Coast.

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