Farah In Running For World Athlete Of The Year

Mo Farah has an outside chance to win the IAAF's Male Athlete of the Year award. Photo: www.photorun.net

He’s up against Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt.

England’s Mo Farah is a double Olympic gold medalist (5,000m, 10,000m) and won those distances at this year’s world championships in Moscow. These accolades, along with many others, qualify him to win the IAAF’s Men’s World Athlete of the Year Award.

According to Sky News, Farah would be the first athlete from Great Britain to win the award since Jonathan Edwards in 1995.

However, Farah has some stiff competition. Also in the running is Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt and Ukranian high jumper Bohdan Bondarenko. The IAAF will announce the winner in Monaco on Nov. 16.

Apparently, Bolt, who won three gold medals in  Moscow (100m, 200m and 4x100m), is the strong favorite.

Bondarenko was also a gold-medal winner. Two times, he cleared 2.41m — the highest jump in 19 years.

Farah currently lives and trains in Portland, Ore. He is under the guidance of Boston and New York City Marathon champion Alberto Salazar.

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