Omar McLeod only Jamaican nominated for IAAF 2017 World Athlete of the Year award

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omar-mcleod.jpgOlympic and World Championships 110 metre hurdles gold medallist Omar McLeod is the only Jamaican nominated for the IAAF World Athlete of the Year award for 2017.

McLeod, who became the first Jamaican man to win the sprint hurdles world title in London this summer with 13.04 secs, also ended the season as the world leader with 12.90 seconds.

23 year old McLeod will be seeking to join six-time winner Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Merlene Ottey as Jamaicans to win the IAAF Athlete of the Year accolade.

Reigning world 400 metre champion Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa, world high jump champion Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar, reigning world champion over 10,000m Mo Farah, Pavel Fadjek of Poland, Sam Kendricks of the USA, Elijah Manongoi of Kenya, Luvo Manyonga of South Africa, Christian Taylor of the USA and German Johannes Vetter complete the male nominees.

No Jamaican is nominated for the female award with South African world and Olympic champion Caster Semenya of South Africa and Australian 100 metre hurdles world champion Sally Pearson among the nominees.

Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia, Anita Vlodarchick of Poland, Maria Lasistkene of Russia, Belgian Nafissatou Thiam, Sandra Perkovic of Croatia, Britney Reese of the USA, Ekaterini Stefanidi of Greece and Helen Obri of Kenya complete the nominations.