Bolt, Merrit, Felix and Ennis up for top award

Updated: November 12, 2012

New Zealand shot putter Valerie Adams, Olympic heptathlete Jessica Ennis of Britain and US sprinter Allyson Felix have been shortlisted for the female Athlete of the Year award, while on the mens side Usain Bolt, Aries Merritt and David Rudisha have been shortlisted. The winner will be announced during a ceremony as part of the IAAF’s centenary celebrations in Barcelona on November 24.

Bolt became the first man to retain both 100 and 200 metre titles earlier this year at the London Olympics. The Jamaican holds the world record in both distances. Merritt won the 110 hurdles at the Olympics, setting a world record of 12.80 seconds at the Van Damme Memorial in Brussels in September, while Rudisha of Kenya won the 800 at the games in a world record of 1 minute, 40.91 seconds.

For the women, Adams successfully defender her Olympic title in London after gold medalist Nadzeya Ostapchuk of Belarus failed two drug tests at the games. Ennis, 26, won gold in the London games heptathlon event, a discipline in which she also holds the British record, while Felix, 26, won three gold medals in London – in the 200 metres, the world-record setting 100-metre relay as well as the 400-metre relay.