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Farah one of three finalists for IAAF athlete of the year

SHORTLISTED: Mo Farah

MO FARAH is one of three male finalists for the IAAF 2017 World Athlete of the Year award.

The 34-year-old, who defended his 10,000m world title in London in August, will compete with Wayde van Niekerk and Qatar's Mutaz Essa Barshim.

South African Van Niekerk retained his world 400m world title in London, where Barshim won the high jump.

Ekaterini Stefanidi, Nafissatou Thiam and Almaz Ayana are up for the female award.

Stefanidi won the pole vault title at London 2017, while Thiam added the world heptathlon title to her gold from Rio 2016 and Olympic 10,000m champion Ayana also added the world title to her collection.

The winners will be announced at the IAAF Athletics Awards in Monaco on 24 November.

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