3 SA nominees for World Athlete of the Year!


2017 has been an exceptional year for South African athletics and this is evident as SA has 3 nominees for World Athlete of the Year!

Male Nominees:

It is no surprise that Wayde van Niekerk and Luvo Manyonga have both made the nominees list for men for their exceptional 2017 season. Both Van Niekerk and Manyonga are undefeated in their main events the 400m and Long Jump and they both hold World Leads in their respective events.


Luvo Manyonga can been see as the break out athlete of 2017 after dominating the long jump circuit the entire season. Manyonga is undefeated in 2017 and has gone to assert himself as an athlete who is now in line to break the long standing Long Jump world record. Manyonga was consistent all season and his biggest jump of the year 8.65m saw him break the SA record, African Record and attain the World Lead. Manyonga also went on to break the Diamond League Record with a jump of 8.61m. To add to these amazing distances that he jumped, he went on to bag the World Championships gold as well as the Diamond League Trophy to close off an amazing season. One can’t help but think that the best is still to come.


Van Niekerk continues to improve and break world records and this year he broke the 300m record which formerly belonged to Michael Johnson. This has completed the erasing of all Johnson’s record after Van Niekerk dropped his 400m world record last year at the Rio Olympics from a previous mark of 43.18 held by Johnson to 43.03. Van Niekerk has also run numerous PB’s (personal bests) in the 100m – 9.94 and the 200m – 19.84 whih is a national record. To add to this Van Niekerk bagged gold in the 400m final at the World Championships in London and silver in the 200m final.


Female Nominees:

Caster Semenya is another of the SA athletes who have been nominated and was untouchable in 2017. Semenya completed the season undefeated in her main event the 800m. Semenya also competed in the 1500m which was a debut at a major championship and she bagged a bronze medal in an exciting final. Semenya also known as ‘Cobra’ was lethal every time she stepped on the track for the 800m and her PB time of 1:55.16 which is also the World Lead bagged her the gold medal at the World Championships in London. Semenya also went on to break the Diamond League Record with a time of 1:55.27, to add to her achievements she won the Diamond League Trophy and on her final race of the season she went to break the World Record on the unofficial distance of 600m.


How voting works:

“The IAAF Council and the IAAF Family will cast their votes by email, while fans can vote online via the IAAF’s social media platforms. Individual graphics for each nominee will be posted on Facebook and Twitter later this week; a ‘like’ or ‘favourite’ will count as one vote.

The IAAF Council’s vote will count for 50% of the result, while the IAAF Family’s votes and the public votes will each count for 25% of the final result.

Voting closes on 16 October. At the conclusion of the voting process, three men and three women finalists will be announced by the IAAF.

The male and female World Athletes of the Year will be announced live on stage at the IAAF Athletics Awards 2017.”


Let get behind our finest athletes and support them by voting!


Photo Credit: Wayde van Niekerk by Gallo Image, Luvo Manyonga by Gallo Images, Caster Semenya by Getty Images


Written by Black Legend