Neeraj Chopra, India’s javelin sensation, has clinched a coveted spot on the five-man shortlist for the prestigious World Athlete of the Year 2023 award. The Tokyo Olympic gold medalist, who achieved historic milestones with a World Championships Gold and an Asian Games gold, has had an exceptional year.
Chopra faces stiff competition in this illustrious lineup, featuring renowned athletes like Noah Lyles, the 100m and 200m world champion; pole vault star Mondo Duplantis; shot putter Ryan Crouser, who holds a world record; and marathon maestro Kelvin Kiptum.
Key Achievements of Shortlisted Athletes:
Neeraj Chopra, IND (Javelin)
World champion Asian Games champion
Ryan Crouser, USA (Shot Put)
World champion World record holder
Mondo Duplantis, SWE (Pole Vault)
World champion Diamond League champion with a world record
Kelvin Kiptum, KEN (Marathon)
London and Chicago Marathon winner Marathon world record breaker
Noah Lyles, USA (100m/200m)
World 100m and 200m champion Undefeated in six finals at 200m
The finalists were determined through a comprehensive three-way voting system, involving contributions from the World Athletics Council, the World Athletics Family via email votes, and an overwhelming response from fans who registered a record-breaking 2 million votes on World Athletics’ social media platforms. Voting concluded on October 20.
The much-anticipated announcement of the winners for both the men’s and women’s World Athlete of the Year is scheduled for December 11.