Farah overlooked for Award

Mo Farah has been overlooked for the IAAF male athlete of the year awards.

The Olympic 5000m and 10000m gold medalist had a superb 2012 and has secured hero status on the streets of Britain.

But he has been dropped at the final stage of the short list for this prestigious award.

Instead the final three on the short list are Usain Bolt, Aries Merritt and David Rudisha.

Bolt himself had a great year, retaining his three Olympic gold medals in London.

For Merritt, he rewrote the record books in the 110m Hurdles and consistently ran the fastest times during the year, breaking the 13 second barrier on multiple occasions.

Rudisha became the first man to ever break the 1:41.00 barrier in the 800, and will try and get close to the sub 1:40 in 2013.

But for Farah it is a slight kick in the teeth after having been crowned European athlete of the year a few weeks back.

He however is still one of the favourites for Sports Personality of the Year in December and could well have an even better 2013.

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