McLeod nominated for IAAF Male Athlete of the Year

Usain Bolt brought his storied career to a close at the world championships in London in August

Former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell also won the award in 2006.

South African Caster Semenya heads the women nominees after winning the 800m title on the closing night of the World Championships.

Bolt's final major championships ended with a whimper in London, with the Jamaican star taking bronze in the 100m and limping out injured from the 4x100m relay.

The list of 10 men and 10 women nominees were selected by an global panel.

Jamaican Usain Bolt, a six-time victor of the award, was not among the 10-man shortlist. The six are part of a list of 20 athletes released on Monday by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) as contenders of the prestigious award.

The awards will be announced on November 24.

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Perković will compete in the running against the other women nominees who include Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia, Maria Lasitskene of Russia, Hellen Obiri of Kenya, Sally Pearson of Australia, Brittney Reese from the USA, Caster Semenya of South Africa, Ekaterini Stefanidi of Greece, Nafissatou Thiam of Belgium and Anita Wlodarczyk of Poland.

The IAAF Council and Family will cast their votes via email, while fans will do so through the organization's social media platforms.

The 31-year-old won the award last year following his double sprint triumph in Rio and has only failed to win the award twice since 2008 - the year he burst onto the scene at the Beijing Olympics.

The male nominees are Mutaz Essa Barshim, Pawel Fajdek, Mo Farah, Sam Kendricks, Elijah Manangoi, Luvo Manyonga, Omar McLeod, Christian Taylor, Wayde van Niekerk and Johannes Vetter.

The IAAF Council's vote will count for 50% of the result, while the IAAF Family's votes and the public votes will each count for 25% of the final result. Voting closes on October 16, after which the athletics body will announce the three male and three female finalists.

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