Justin Gatlin not included in World Athlete of the Year shortlist

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Controversial American sprinter Justin Gatlin has failed to make the three-man shortlist for the World Athlete of the Year award.

The 32-year-old, who was banned for four years after failing a drugs test in 2006, was one of 10 original athletes being considered for the prize, but has not made the final cut.

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The 2004 Olympic 100 metre gold medalist was by far and away the best performer on the sprint circuit in 2014 - running the fastest times of the year in both the 100m (9.77 seconds) and the 200m (19.68s).

Despite this, the International Association of Athletics Federation's previous consideration for Gatlin to win the award drew a lot of criticism, most notably from Lord Coe, who revealed was quoted on BBC Sport as having "big problems" with the announcement.


The athletes who instead made the shortlist were pole vaulter, Renaud Lavillenie, high jumper Mutaz Essa Barshim and Kenya's new marathon world record-holder, Dennis Kimetto. 

Barshim was part of the highest quality high jump season in history, while Lavillenie dominated his event, also breaking the world record earlier in the year.

The women's shortlist comprises of Ethiopian runner Genzebe Dibaba, Dutch sprinter Dafne Schippers and the all-conquering shot-putter, Valerie Adams.

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