— Published 23 November 2021

Five champions, one trophy

A dazzling cast. With nine days to go until the annual awards ceremony for 2021, scheduled for 1 December in virtual mode, World Athletics has unveiled the list of five finalists for the title of Male Athlete of the Year. They come from five different countries and three different continents and were all Olympic champions in Tokyo. Two of them, Ryan Crouser and Karsten Warholm, added the luxury of a world record. The five finalists selected in a three-way vote by the World Athletics Board (50% of the vote), the athletics “family” (25%), and the fans (25%) were Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda (Olympic champion in the 5,000m, silver medallist in the 10,000m), Ryan Crouser of the United States (Olympic shot put champion, undefeated all year, world indoor and outdoor record holder), Sweden’s Mondo Duplantis (Olympic pole vault champion), Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge (Olympic marathon champion), Norway’s Karsten Warholm (Olympic champion and world record holder in the 400m hurdles).