The most prestigious award in world athletics, the IAAF World Athlete of the Year, was presented to its winners at the Grimaldi Centre in Monaco, Friday. Qatari high jumper Mutaz Essa Barshim and Belgian heptathlon specialist Nafissatou Thiam joined the likes of 6-time winner Usain Bolt, Carl Lewis and Paula Radcliffe on the list of the world's most elite athletes. «It's a great honour to be... Еще awarded today, it is a big statement for me: this is the biggest award you can win as an athlete,» Barshim told journalists. There were 6 finalists to get the 2017 award: distance runners Mo Farah (UK) and Alma Ayana Eba (Eth), sprinter Wayde Van Niekerk (RSA), pole vaulter Katerina Stefanidi (Gre) as well as Barshim and Thiam. The award can be won by athletes who have participated in sporting events organised by the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF). It includes track and field, cross country, road running and race walking.