Team GB hero Mo Farah has failed to make the shortlist for the 2012 IAAF Male Athlete of the Year

Last Updated: 05/11/12 1:53pm

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Farah has failed to make the final three for the IAAF award

Farah has failed to make the final three for the IAAF award

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Team GB's Olympic hero Mo Farah has failed to make the shortlist for the 2012 IAAF Male Athlete of the Year.

The 29-year-old secured icon status by grabbing gold in the 10,000m and 5,000m at London 2012, but has been overlooked for the final three.

Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt headlined the remaining candidates after sweeping aside question marks over his fitness to win the Olympic 100m and 200m and going on to help set a new world record in the 4 x 100m relay.

Aries Merritt and David Rudisha will compete with Bolt for the prize.

American track star Merritt clinched Olympic gold in the 110m hurdles and then smashed the world record with a blistering run of 12.80 seconds at the Samsung Diamond League finals in Brussels in September.

Kenya's Rudisha was also in stellar form at the summer Games, wowing the world by becoming the first man to break the 1m 41secs barrier for the 800m in a run former world record holder Sebastian Coe dubbed "the most extraordinary piece of running I have probably ever seen."

The winner will be announced at the IAAF's Centenary Celebrations in Barcelona on 24 November.

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