The shortlist of five male and five female finalists for the 2023 World Athlete of the Year award has been announced, as anticipation builds for the upcoming World Athletics Awards. These ten athletes have delivered outstanding performances throughout the 2023 athletics season, showcasing their talents in various disciplines. Their achievements include winning titles and setting new world records at major events such as the World Athletics Championships Budapest 23, various one-day meets, Label road races, and other global competitions.
|WOMEN'S FINALISTS||MEN'S FINALISTS|
Tigist Assefa, ETH, marathon
Femke Bol, NED, 400m/400m hurdles
Shericka Jackson, JAM, 100m/200m
Faith Kipyegon, KEN, 1500m/mile/5000m
Yulimar Rojas, VEN, triple jump
Neeraj Chopra, IND, javelin
Ryan Crouser, USA, shot put
Mondo Duplantis, SWE, pole vault
Kelvin Kiptum, KEN, marathon
Noah Lyles, USA, 100m/200m
2023 World Athletes of the Year Selection Process
The selection of finalists was through a tripartite voting system.
Votes were collected via email from the World Athletics Council and the World Athletics Family. Additionally, fans participated by voting online through World Athletics' social media channels, where an unprecedented 2 million votes were tallied. The voting period concluded on October 28.
The announcement of the World Athletes of the Year will take place on December 11 on World Athletics’ digital platforms, as a highlight of the World Athletics Awards 2023.