World 100m champion Justin Gatlin left off athlete of the year shortlist


World 100m champion Justin Gatlin is not one of the 10 male nominees for the IAAF 2017 World Athlete of the Year.

It is the first time since 2004 – when the American was also left out – that the world or Olympic 100m champion has not been shortlisted for the title.

Gatlin, 35, beat Jamaican sprint great Usain Bolt into third to win gold in London in August.

Britain’s Mo Farah is on the list after retaining the 10,000m. IAAF members and fans via social media decide the award.

Gatlin has twice served a doping ban and athletics’ governing body changed its rules on who could be nominated in 2015 so that anyone sanctioned for a serious doping offence could no longer be put forward.

That came after Germany’s Olympic discus champion Robert Harting reacted to Gatlin’s inclusion on the 2014 IAAF shortlist by asking for his own name to be removed from it.

Gatlin was jeered by the crowd inside London Stadium as he was presented with his medal during the summer.

Lord Coe, president of athletics’ governing body the IAAF, admitted he was not “eulogistic” over the American’s victory.

Gatlin was also omitted from the athlete of the year list in 2004 despite winning Olympic gold in Athens, although he was nominated for performance of the year.

Source: BBC Sport


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