World record track stars Usain Bolt, David Rudisha, and Aries Merritt were named finalists for the men’s World Athlete of the Year award in Monaco Monday after receiving the most votes in a three-week poll.
And while Bolt might seem the easy choice when the award is announced at the IAAF’s centenary celebrations in Barcelona Nov. 24, we’re not sure the three-time winner is worthy of the 2012 title.
Here are the resumes for the three nominees:
Usain Bolt – The world’s most charismatic athlete became the first man to win the 100m and 200m gold medals in consecutive Olympics, did it against the fastest field in history, and broke his own Olympic record to boot. He won three golds in London, but lost both the 100m and 200m Jamaican national championships to Yohan Blake – and, if rumors are true, a drunken footrace to Mickey Rourke.
David Rudisha – The 2010 World Athlete of the Year broke his own world record in the 800m, finishing in 1:40.91 for what London Olympics chairman Sebastian Coe called the “performance of the Games.” The Kenyan star now holds the three fastest and six of the eight fastest 800m times in history.
Aries Merritt – The American 110m hurdler won gold in London, and then, somehow not satisfied, went on to shatter Cuban Dayron Robles’s world record a month later, running 12.80 at a Diamond League meet in Brussels. Merritt also won the 2102 60m hurdles at the indoor world championships in Istanbul in March.
So who do you think should win?
MONTREAL (AP) — Marcel Aubut has resigned as president of the Canadian Olympic Committee while under investigation for a sexual harassment complaint.
The committee said in a statement Saturday its investigation now ends. Since the original complaint, two other women made allegations against Aubut.
The committee calls the matter “deeply concerning,” saying it has had a “profound impact on our Olympic family.” The committee adds that its board will begin the process of appointing an interim president in the coming days.
Aubut already had temporarily stepped aside as committee president and chairman of the Canadian Olympic Foundation. The committee had retained a former chief justice of the Quebec Superior Court to investigate the initial complaint.
The 67-year-old Aubut was CEO of the NHL’s Quebec Nordiques until the team moved to Colorado in 1995. He was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1999.
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China is set to play in its ninth straight Olympic men’s basketball tournament after beating the Philippines 78-67 in the FIBA Asia Championship on Saturday.
The Chinese were guided by former NBA power forward Yi Jianlian, a three-time Olympian who led the team in scoring and rebounding at the last Olympics. Yi scored 11 points with 15 rebounds Saturday.
Yi and company kept the Philippines, with former NBA forward Andray Blatche, from qualifying for the Olympics for the first time since 1972. Blatche scored a team-leading 17 points.
China went 0-5 at London 2012, failing to win a game at an Olympics for the first time since 1992. Now-retired Yao Ming led the team in 2000, 2004 and 2008, but the nation has never reached the Olympic semifinals.
The 2016 Olympic men’s basketball field:
Brazil — Host nation
U.S. — 2014 World champion
Australia — Oceania champion
Nigeria — Africa champion
Argentina — Americas finalist
Venezuela — Americas finalist
Spain — Europe finalist
Lithuania — Europe finalist
China — Asia champion
Three winners of three July global, last-chance qualifying tournaments
The three last-chance qualifying tournament fields will be six nations each, including three to-be-named, wild-card nations, plus these 15 nations:
Serbia — 2014 World silver medalist
France — 2014 World bronze medalist
Greece — last Olympics: 2008
Italy — last Olympics: 2004
Czech Republic — last Olympics: Never
Puerto Rico — last Olympics: 2004
Canada — last Olympics: 2000
Mexico — last Olympics: 1976
Iran — last Olympics: 2008
Japan — last Olympics: 1976
Philippines — last Olympics: 1972
Tunisia — only Olympic appearance was 2012
Angola — last Olympics: 2008
Senegal — last Olympics: 1980
New Zealand — last Olympics: 2004
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