By Fred Maingi The world athletics Governing body(IAAF) has shortlisted Kenya's Olympic champion and record holder, David Rudisha in the eagerly awaited Athlete of the year award.
Rudisha who is 23 year-old was in the final list of three athletes released by IAAF on Monday for the coveted award.
It will be the third time Rudisha, who became the youngest ever athlete to win the prestigious award in 2010, is making the final three after he was a beaten last year by Usain Bolt.
Rudisha and his rivals polled the most votes during a three-week poll conducted among fellow athletes, Athletes Representatives, selected journalists, IAAF affiliates and the IAAF family.
The winners of the 2012 World Athlete of the Year Awards will be announced live, on stage, during a Special Awards Ceremony as part of the IAAF Centenary Celebrations, which will take place November, 24 in Barcelona.
Rudisha set the London Olympic Games a light with a record-breaking stand out perfdormance that saw him break his own 800m world record with a new time of 1:40.91.
He accomplished the feat without using a pacemaker and this would earn him accolades from some of the two-lap race legends Sebastian Coe, who held the world record in 800 m for more than 16 years.
Coe hailed Rudisha’s Olympics performance as the greatest 800m men’s race in history after be bettered his previous record of 1:41.01 set in Rieti in 2010 that powered him to win the IAAF award.
Bolt defended his three sprint titles from Beijing, the 100, 200 and 4X100m relay, although he did not better his records from the three events.
Merritt has been unrivalled in the hurdles to dominated at the Olympics and Diamond League.
Well, the women’s finalists are due to be announced.
Meanwhile the London Olympics Team Kenya captain the World 800m record holder and Olympic champion David Lekuta Rudisha has been invited to grace the inaugural Athletics seminar slated for November 12-15 in Eldoret town.
Other invited in the long list of 230 participants include Two hundred and thirty participants include marathon record holder Patrick Makau together with the World 10km and 15km record holder Leonard Komon .
Other top cream expected to decorate the seminar include World triple champion Vivian Pocket Rocket’ Cheruiyot, world and Olympic 3,000m steeplechase champion Ezekiel Kemboi, World Indoor 3,000m champion Helen Obiri , New Delhi half marathon champion Lucy Kabuu, World half marathon bronze medalist Paskalia Chepkorir and Marseille Classic course holder Lydia Cheromei among other elites.
Athletics Kenya (AK) President Isaiah Kipagat said all is set for the seminar and called upon well wishers to come on board for this noble course of educating athletes in the sport that has been bringing glory to Kenya.