With just three weeks to go until the IAAF Athletics Awards 2018, the IAAF is delighted to announce the five finalists for the 2018 Male Rising Star Award to recognise this year’s best U20 athlete.

The winner will be announced live on stage at the IAAF Athletics Awards 2018 in Monaco on Tuesday 4 December.

The nominees are:

Selemon Barega (ETH)
– IAAF Diamond League champion at 5000m with a world U20 record of 12:43.02, the world’s quickest time since 2005
– World indoor silver at 3000m
– Fourth at World U20 and African Championships 5000m

Jordan Diaz (CUB)
– World U20 lead at triple jump with 17.41m, a world U18 best
– World U20, Youth Olympic and (senior) North/Central American & Caribbean champion
– Central American & Caribbean Games silver

Armand Duplantis (SWE)
– European (senior) champion at pole vault with a world-leading height of 6.05m, which has been bettered outdoors only by Sergey Bukba
– World U20 champion
– Eight world U20 records or bests, indoors and out

Jakob Ingebrigtsen (NOR)
– European (senior) champion at 1500m and 5000m
– World U20 lead at 1500m with 3:31.18
– World U20 silver at 1500m and bronze at 5000m

Rhonex Kipruto (KEN)
– World U20 champion and world U20 lead at 10,000m with 27:21.08
– Two world U20 bests and world senior lead at road 10km with 26:46, just two seconds outside the senior world record
– African junior cross-country champion