With less than one month to go to the celebration of the 2012 IAAF Centenary Gala, the IAAF has announced the three nominees for the 2012 World Athlete of the Year: Usain Bolt, Aries Meritt and David Rudisha. Considering this elite pool of athletes, even a nomination is a testament to outstanding achievement in sport and we hope you'll join us in congratulating Usain Bolt and the other nominees
Previously named "Athlete of the Year" by the IAAF in 2008, 2009 and 2011, there's no surprise that the London triple-gold medalist, Usain Bolt, is one of the nominees. This year, Bolt retained his title as the fastest man on earth by winning the 100m, 200m and 4x100m gold medals during the London Olympics. He set a new Olympic record for the 100m with a time of 9,63 seconds and became the first man to defend both the 100m and 200m Olympic Sprint titles. Bolt continued his fine form by participating in Jamaica's gold medal-winning 4x100m relay, with a running time of 36,84 seconds, which beat Jamaica's previous world record of 37,04 from 2011.
This year's winner will be announced live at the World Athlete of the Year Awards, on stage, during a Special Awards Ceremony as part of the IAAF Centenary Celebrations. The IAAF Centenary Celebrations will take place in Barcelona, on November 24th 2012 and perhaps, this prestigious accolade will once again go home with the world's fastest man.