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?
Usain Bolt wants you to get into the Christmas spirit.
A video published on Bolt’s social media Wednesday morning shows a two-minute music video starring Bolt, with an entourage including backup singers. It’s titled, “Gold. Gold. Gold. Platinum.”
Though Bolt is mouthing words, unfortunately a different voice is speaking melodious lyrics such as this:
“I see the holiday lights in the sky
They shine so bright, so bright, I just want to cry
My spirit’s lifted so way up high
I feel so gifted, I feel so gifted
Because I’m run, run, running
I’m running for Christmas
And I’m sprint, sprint, sprinting
Sprinting through my wish list”
Bolt teased this video in an Instagram on Monday, but no singing means he must continue to be judged primarily off of his Queen and Kings of Leon performances at recent Oktoberfest visits in Munich.
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Michael Phelps brandishes weapons in a trailer for the upcoming video game, “Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare,” which is to come out Nov. 4.
Phelps, an avid Call of Duty player, filmed his spot after the Rio Olympics in Long Beach, Calif., according to reports. Actor Danny McBride is also in the 90-second video.
“We were in full getup and full armor,” Phelps said, according to Time magazine. “Where we were shooting was kind of wild. Danny and I were just playing off each other, talking trash. It was really tough to keep a straight face with him just firing off super funny comments left and right. It was fun.”
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