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It should be Shelly

Published:Wednesday | November 6, 2013 | 12:00 AM

Jamaica's World Championship triple gold medallist, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, tops a list of three shortlisted for the 2013 IAAF Female World Athlete of the Year.

Fraser-Pryce joins her compatriot Usain Bolt as the only nominees from the Caribbean among the finalists. She matched Bolt in winning three gold medals at the World Championships in Moscow last August. Fraser-Pryce, who also topped the Diamond League 100m and 200m, is the favourite for the award.

If Fraser-Pryce wins, she will be the second Jamaican female winner. Legendary track superstar Merlene Ottey won the award in 1990.

Also selected for the female award are current 400-metre hurdles world champion Zuzana Hejnova of Czech Republic and four-time shot put world champion Valerie Adams of New Zealand.

Adams is the first woman to win four consecutive individual titles at the world track and field championships - 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013.

Four-time IAAF male winner Bolt, Mo Farah, and Bohdan Bondarenko are the finalists for the Male World Athlete of the Year.

The finalists were selected after a month-long poll of members of the World Athletics Family, including selected members of the international press, IAAF council members, IAAF member federations, IAAF committee members, meeting directors, ambassadors, athletes representatives, IAAF staff members and top athletes.

The Council of the International Athletics Foundation will select the male and female winners, with the announcement taking place live on stage during the 2013 World Athletics Gala in Monaco on Saturday, November 16.