Track and field’s governing body said Monday that they had the most votes in a three-week poll. The winner will be announced during the IAAF’s centenary celebrations in Barcelona on Nov. 24.
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Bolt became the first man to retain both 100- and 200-meter titles at the London Olympics.
Watch Bolt win the 100m here:
Merritt won the 110 hurdles at the Olympics. The American set a world record of 12.80 seconds at the Van Damme Memorial in Brussels in September.
Watch Merritt win in the Olympics here:
Rudisha of Kenya won the 800 in London in a world record of 1 minute, 40.91 seconds.
Watch Rudisha in the Olympics here: