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ATHLETICS: Kaliese Spencer drops out of contention for IAAF award

Published:Friday | October 17, 2014 | 11:38 AM
Kaliese Spencer - File

Jamaican hurdler Kaliese Spencer has dropped out of contention for the 2014 World Athletes of the Year.



Spencer, who was the only Jamaican among the 10 men and 10 women shortlisted on October 3, failed to make it to the top three ahead of the 2014 World Athletics Gala in Monaco.



The 2014 Commonwealth Games 400-metre champion dropped out following a two-week long poll of the world athletics family.



Spencer had one of her best seasons this year.



In addition to winning gold at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Spencer won the 400-metre hurdles at the IAAF Continental Cup in Marrakech, Morocco as well as claiming the Diamond League title.



The women's shortlist comprises New Zealand's Valerie Adams, who won Glasgow Commonwealth Games gold in the shot put, Ethiopian 3,000-metre runner Genzebe Dibaba and Dutch sprinter and heptathlete Dafne Schippers.



Meanwhile, American sprinter Justin Gatlin has surprisingly not made the three-man shortlist.



However, high jumper Mutaz Essa Barshim, pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie and Dennis Kimetto, the world marathon record holder, are the three finalists.



The Council of the IAAF will select the male and female winners, with the announcement taking place live on stage during the 2014 World Athletics Gala in Monaco on Friday, November 21.



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