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2016 TRACK & FIELD NEWS
MEN’S ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Wayde van Niekerk

van niekerk wayde aoyWhen you run a full lap of the track in just 43.03 seconds, you’re pretty much guaranteed a very good shot at winning Athlete Of The Year honors. And that’s just what Wayde van Niekerk did, his World Record in Rio propelling him to No. 1.

The 24-year-old South African received 28 of 32 votes for No. 1, the others going to Eliud Kipchoge (2) and Mo Farah & Usain Bolt (1 each). In the long history of our AOY voting, van Niekerk becomes the first 400-only World Ranker to win.

The top 10 in the voting:

1. Wayde van Niekerk (South Africa) 400
2. Mo Farah (Great Britain) 5000, 10,000
3. Usain Bolt (Jamaica) 100, 200
4. Eliud Kipchoge (Kenya) marathon
5. Ashton Eaton (US) decathlon
6. Conseslus Kipruto (Kenya) steeplechase
7. Christian Taylor (US) triple jump
8. Ryan Crouser (US) shot
9. Omar McLeod (Jamaica) 110 hurdles
10. David Rudisha (Kenya) 800

Full details on the 2016 Athlete Of The Year choices can be found in the February edition of Track & Field News.

© Track & Field News 2016