World Athlete of the Year 2015 longlist – Middle/Long Distance Candidates: Farah and Dibaba

Genzebe Dibaba and Mo Farah (credit: Getty Images)
Genzebe Dibaba and Mo Farah (credit: Getty Images)

Mo Farah (Great Britain) and Genzebe Dibaba (Ethiopia) have amassed the most votes in the middle/long distance category in the first round of voting for the 2015 IAAF World Athlete of the Year award.

Farah successfully defended his 5000m and 10,000m titles at the IAAF World Championships, Beijing 2015. The British runner also clocked a world-leading time of 7:34.66 over 3000m, a world indoor best of 8:03.40 over two miles and a European record of 59:32 in the half marathon.

Dibaba won the world 1500m title in Beijing, having broken the world record in the event one month earlier with her time of 3:50.07 in Monaco. She also set a world indoor 5000m record of 14:18.86 and took the bronze medal at that distance at the World Championships.

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