Qatar’s Abderrahman Samba in Race with World’s Other Leading Four

Published December 4th, 2018 - 04:54 GMT
Abderrahman Samba
Abderrahman Samba

The attention of the athletics world will fall firmly on Monaco on Tuesday as the Mediterranean Principality prepares to host the IAAF Athletics Awards 2018, the annual celebration honouring the world’s best athletes whose achievements helped contribute to another unforgettable year for the sport.

Among the five male finalists is Qatar’s sensational track and field athlete Abderrahman Samba, who this year set the world’s quickest time in 400m hurdles since 1992. He also won the 400m hurdles and 4x400m relay gold at the Jakarta Asian Games.

Samba had been setting the track on fire this season and holds the World lead in 400m hurdles being unbeaten in nine finals of the Diamond League.

More than 80 of the world’s finest track and field athletes will converge on the Riviera to help celebrate the past year during the lead-in to the IAAF Athletics Awards which will take place at the Grimaldi Forum at 8pm (6pm Qatar time).

Some of the athletes, besides Samba, expected include recently-minted world record holders Kevin Mayer and Eliud Kipchoge, continental champions Armand Duplantis, Nafissatou Thiam and Elijah Manangoi, and Diamond League series winners Caterine Ibarguen and Conseslus Kipruto.

While the evening will reach its climax with the announcement of the male and female Athletes of the Year, the recipients of the IAAF Rising Star Awards, Coaching Achievement Award, Women’s Award and President’s Award will also be revealed.

The ceremony will also name the winner of the second Athletics Photograph of the Year competition. The 25 shortlisted images will also form part of a photography exhibition which will be held alongside the IAAF Athletics Awards from December 1-5 at the Meridien Beach Plaza Hotel.

The IAAF Athletics Awards will be live streamed on the IAAF’s YouTube Channel and Facebook page.

Last year, Qatar’s legendary high jumper Mutaz Essa Barshim and Nafissatou Thiam of Belgium were named as the male and female IAAF World Athletes of the Year 2017.

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