Bolt shortlisted for world award

Sprint champion Usain Bolt is among three Jamaicans shortlisted for the 2012 IAAF World Athlete of the Year award.

The Back-to-back Olympic double sprint champion and world record holder is now on course to become the first man to win the prestigious award on four occasions.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Yohan Blake are the other Jamaicans among the 20 male and female candidates named by the IAAF.

Pryce successfully defended her l00m title at the London 2012 Olympics and finished second in the 200m.

Blake is a double Olympic silver medalist and a recipient of last year’s Performance of the Year award.

Selected members of the international press and officials from the IAAF will help to choose three male and female finalists from the short list.

However, the Council of the International Athletics Foundation makes the final selection of male and female Athlete of the Year at a special ceremony in Barcelona, Spain, during the IAAF’s centenary celebrations on Nov. 24.

Bolt, who was the award in 2008, 2009 and again last year, was again in dominating form this season winning the 100m and 200m titles at the London Olympics with times of 9.63 and 19.32 respectively.

He also won the 100m title in the lucrative Diamond League circuit and anchored Jamaica to a world record in the Olympic Games 4×100 relays, also in London.

Bolt, along with Moroccan great Hicham El Guerrouj, are the only athletes to have won the award on three occasions.

Grenada’s first Olympic gold medalist, quarter miler, Kirani James is also in the running.

The 20-year-old Grenadian won Grenada’s first Olympic medal in London this summer, topping the Men’s 400m title in 43.94 seconds, the fastest time for the year.