Olympic gold medallist Valerie Adams is again a finalist for
the IAAF's Woman Athlete of the Year award.
The double Olympic and three-time world champion shot putter
has been nominated along with British heptathlete Jessica
Ennis and US sprinter Allyson Felix.
Adams has had an unforgettable year following an Olympic
campaign which saw her initially claim silver before
Belarusian rival Nadzeya Astapchuk was stripped of the gold
for failing a drugs test.
The New Zealander also claimed six of the seven Diamond
League titles, breaking four meet records in the process.
She has twice been nominated for the award (2009, 2011) but
has never won.
Usain Bolt, who claimed the 100m-200m double for the second
straight Olympics, American 110m hurdle champion Aries
Merritt and 800m world record holder David Rudisha of Kenya
have been nominated for Male Athlete of the Year.
Bolt has won the award on three occasions, and Rudisha picked
up the gong in 2010.
The winners will be announced live during an awards ceremony
as part of the IAAF Centenary Celebrations in Barcelona on