Kimetto among IAAF World Athlete of the Year finalists

Kenya's Dennis Kimetto poses with his gold medal next to a display showing the time in which he won the 41th edition of the Berlin Marathon in Berlin on September 28, 2014. Kimetto set a new world record in the Berlin Marathon on Sunday, becoming the first man to break the 2hr 03min barrier with a run of 2hr 02min 57sec. (Image: AFP PHOTO / TOBIAS SCHWARZ)

World marathon record holder Dennis Kimetto of Kenya has made the cut to the final list of three men set to battle it out for the 2014 IAAF World Athlete of the Year Award.

Kimetto, who set a new mark of 2:02:57 in the Berlin Marathon two weeks ago, will now square it out with high jumper Mutaz Essa Barshim from Qatarand pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie of France.

With little more than a month to go until the Athletics Gala, the finalists were selected after a two-week-long poll of the world athletics family.

The Council of the International Athletics Foundation will select the male and female winners, with the announcement taking place live on stage during the 2014 World Athletics Gala in Monaco on Friday 21 November 2014.

No Kenyan woman had made the provisional list announced two weeks ago. Ethiopian 3,000m hot shot Genzebe Dibaba will, however, fly the region’s flag after being shortlisted in the final three that include Valerie Adams of New Zealand and Dutchwoman Dafne Schippers.