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Neeraj Chopra nominated for World Athlete of the Year 2023 award - Check full list of nominees

Neeraj Chopra continued to shine for India in Javelin throw as he became the world champion and also won the gold medal at the Asian Games in Hangzhou. A total of 11 nominees have been announced for the prestigious award and the winner will be announced on December 11.

Written By: Aditya Kukalyekar @adikukalyekar New Delhi Published on: October 13, 2023 9:04 IST
Neeraj Chopra
Image Source : GETTY Neeraj Chopra won the gold medal at the Asian Games in Hangzhou.

India's golden boy Neeraj Chopra is among 11 athletes to be nominated for the World Athlete of the Year 2023 award. World Athletics officially announced the list of athletes in fray to win the prestigious award and Neeraj, after having a brilliant year, is one of them. He made history by becoming the first Indian to win the gold medal at the World Athletics Championship in Budapest.

He then finished second at the Diamond League 2023 and then defended his gold medal at the Asian Games in Hangzhou. The 25-year-old got a stiff fight from his compatriot Kishore Jena who was at the gold medal position at one stage only for Neeraj to surpass him with the season best throw.

Coming back to the list of nominees, Neeraj Chopra will be in competition with 10 other athletes for the award. Noah Lyles of the USA, Morocco’s Soufiane El Bakkali, and Sweden’s Mondo Duplantis are some of those among others. The final five finalists will first be determined on November 13 or 14 via a three-way voting process.

The fans will be able to vote online via World Athletics social media platforms but the weightage for them is 25%. The World Athletics Council and the World Athletics Family will be able to cast their votes via email with the former's vote being counted for 50%. The weightage for the World Athletics Family's voters is 25%. The winner of the World Athlete of the Year 2023 award will be announced on World Athletics' social media platforms on December 11.

Men's World Athlete of the Year nominations


Neeraj Chopra (IND)

  • Javelin throw world champion
  • Javelin throw Asian Games champion

Ryan Crouser (USA) 

  • Shot put world champion
  • Shot put world record

Mondo Duplantis (SWE)

  • Pole vault world champion
  • Pole vault Diamond League champion 
  • Pole vault world record

Soufiane El Bakkali (MAR) 

  • 3000m steeplechase world champion
  • Undefeated in six finals

Jakob Ingebrigtsen (NOR)

  • 5000m world champion 
  • 1500m world championships silver medallist
  • European records for 1500m, mile and 3000m

Kelvin Kiptum (KEN) 

  • London Marathon and Chicago Marathon champion
  • Marathon world record

Pierce LePage (CAN) 

  • Decathlon world champion
  • Decathlon world leader

Noah Lyles (USA) 

  • 100m world champion
  • 200m world champion
  • 200m world leader 
  • Undefeated in six finals

Alvaro Martin (ESP) 

  • 20km race walk world champion
  • 35km race walk world champion
  • 20km race walk world leader 

Miltiadis Tentoglou (GRE) 

  • Long jump world champion
  • Long jump European Indoor champion

Karsten Warholm (NOR) 

  • 400m hurdles world champion
  • 400m European indoor champion

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