The IAAF has selected 10 men and 10 women as candidates for the 2010 world athlete of the year award. David Rudisha, the Kenyan world-record holder in the 800 meters, and breakthrough French sprinter Christophe Lemaitre were on a list that was without injured Jamaican star Usain Bolt. Tyson Gay, Steve Hooker, Bernard Lagat, Christian Cantwell, David Oliver, Zersenay Tadese, Teddy Tamgho and Andreas Thorkildsen were also on the list.
For the women, world heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis of Britain and American sprinter Allyson Felix were among the nominees.
The list also included Veronica Campbell Brown, Blanka Vlasic, Milcah Chemos Cheywa, Meseret Defar, Fabiana Murer, Nadezhda Ostapchuk, Olga Rypakova and Anita Wlodarczyk.