— Published 16 November 2022

A battle of giants

The ritual is familiar. The day after announcing the finalists for the Female Athlete of the Year award, World Athletics unveiled the names of the last five contenders for its annual award in the male category. The shortlist is unsurprising. It is composed of five athletes from five different countries and three different continents. Last year’s winner, Norwegian Karsten Warholm, will be succeeded by Swedish pole vaulter Mondo Duplantis, Moroccan 3,000m steeplechaser Soufiane El Bakkali, Norwegian middle-distance specialist Jakob Ingebrigtsen, Kenyan marathoner Eliud Kipchoge, and American sprinter Noah Lyles. Two favourites stand out: Mondo Duplantis and Eliud Kipchoge. They have already won the title of World Male Athlete of the Year at least once, in 2018 and 2019 for the Kenyan and in 2020 for the Swede. The selection of the five finalists is the result of a vote by the World Athletics Council members, the “Athletics Family” and the fans. The winner will be announced in early December at the World Athletics Awards 2022.