Britain's Mo Farah has made the three-man shortlist for the 2013 World Athlete of the Year award.
Farah, 30, became only the second man in history to complete an Olympic and world "double-double" in the distance events in August.
The International Association of Athletics Federations announced the list, narrowed down from a field of 10.
Farah will compete with Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt and Ukrainian high jumper Bohdan Bondarenko for the award.
As well as completing a 5,000m and 10,000m double at the World Championships in Moscow, Farah also set a new British and European 1500m record in Monaco.
Bolt, 27, this year won the 100m, 200m and 4x100m titles to become the most successful athlete in World Championships history with a career total of eight gold medals.
Bondarenko, 24, also won gold in Moscow and twice cleared 2.41m, the highest jump in 19 years, this season.
An email poll among members of the "world athletics family" established the finalists, with the winners revealed at the 2013 World Athletics Gala on 16 November.
Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce heads the women's list, for which the finalists will be announced on Tuesday.
Fraser-Pryce dominated in Moscow, winning gold in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay.
The women's list also includes Ethiopia's Meseret Defar, who added world 5,000m gold to her Olympic title, and Valerie Adams of New Zealand, who claimed her fourth world title in the women's shot put.
Men's finalists: Usain Bolt (Jamaica), Bohdan Bondarenko (Ukraine), Mo Farah (GB).
Women's shortlist: Valerie Adams (New Zealand), Abeba Aregawi (Sweden), Meseret Defar (Ethiopia), Tirunesh Dibaba (Ethiopia), Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (Jamaica), Zuzana Hejnova (Czech Republic), Caterine Ibarguen (Colombia), Sandra Perkovic (Croatia), Brianna Rollins (USA), Svetlana Shkolina (Russia).