IAAF confirms Women's Athlete of the Year finalists


The IAAF has announced the women's shortlist for World Athlete of the Year with Dafne Schippers, Genzebe Dibaba and Anita Wlodarczyk in contention for the award.

Netherlands sprinter Schippers recorded a European and championship record when she stormed to world gold in the 200m in Beijing, clocking 21.63 seconds.

She also took silver in the 100m, with a national record time of 10.81secs.

Wlodarczyk's recognition comes on the back of a dominant 2015, which saw the Pole win all 11 of her competitions in the hammer - the highlight of which came at the Worlds.

And Wlodarczyk made history in August, becoming the first woman to throw beyond 80 metres when she recorded an effort of 81.08m in Cetniewo.

Dibaba, meanwhile, broke the 1500m world record in Monaco with 3:50.07, before going on to take gold at the World Championships.

The Ethiopian also had a strong year over 5000m, setting a new indoor world record of 14:18.86, before taking bronze in Beijing.

The candidates for the men's award will be announced on Wednesday.