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Kenyans Timothy Cheruyiot (1500m), Eliud Kipchoge (Marathon) and Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei (10,000m) are the only Africans in the race for the title of Male World Athlete of the Year 2019.
Beatrice Chepkoech (3000m steeple), Brigid Kosgei (Marathon) and Hellen Obiri (5000m) from Kenya are among the women's nominees.
IAAF selected 11 nominees for both men and women.
It is after a vote that the five finalists (men and women) will be known. The winners will be honored atWorld Athletics Awards 2019 in Monaco on Saturday 23 November.