Mo Farah and Usain Bolt nominated for Athlete of the Year award

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What an Olympics Team GB's Mo Farah had.

With two determined performances, the long-distance runner brought home a historic "double double" by retaining his 5,000m and 10,000m titles at Rio 2016.

Farah's nomination for the IAAF's Male Athlete of the Year comes after a lot of hard work. After claiming the "double double" in Rio, the athlete was very thankful, saying: "I cannot believe it.


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“I always wished that I could win just one medal. It has been a long journey, but if you dream and have the ambition and want to work hard, then you can achieve. It’s hard, and I don’t always get to see my kids. I will never catch up on that time I’ve missed. This is for them."

To put this nomination into perspective, the last British athlete to win such an award was Paula Radcliffe, way back in 2002.

The last British man to win an IAAF end-of-year award was Jonathan Edwards in 1995, claiming the world record in the triple jump - a record that still stands today.

Farah faces stiff competition, however, as Usain Bolt is also up for the same award.

Few athletes have mustered up the same kind of excitable fanbase as Bolt, who continued his utter dominance of the short sprint events at Rio 2016 by winning an unprecedented "triple triple" by holding onto his titles of the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m sprints.

South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk, who broke the 400m world record (an honour held by Michael Johnson for 17 years) shouldn't be sniffed at either.

The winners of the male and female awards will be announced in December at the awards dinner held in Monaco.

Up for Female Athlete of the Year is Caster Semenya, winner of the 800m.

She's up against Almaz Ayana, who smashed the 10,000m world record by over 14 seconds this year, and 37-year-old Ruth Beitia, an Olympic gold medalist in the high jump.

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