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Nike logo2010 Jesse Owens Athlete of the Year Award presented by Nike

For the second year in a row, track and field fans have the opportunity to help select the annual Jesse Owens Awards winners. The honors going to the sportís top athletes of the year is selected by a vote of the media; again this year, an online fan balloting will account for 10 percent of the votes.

The following contains a list of the nominees and paragraphs illustrating the nomineesí accomplishments for the 2010 season.

Cast your vote by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21. BE SURE TO CHOOSE ONE MALE AND ONE FEMALE WINNER.

This yearís awards will be presented December 4 at the Jesse Owens Awards and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, held in conjunction with USA Track & Fieldís 2010 Annual Meeting in Virginia Beach, Virginia, December 1-5.

The Jesse Owens Award was established in 1981 as a tribute to the man whose accomplishments are forever enshrined in sports history. It is USA Track & Fieldís highest accolade, and is presented annually to the individuals selected through a nominating and voting procedure as the outstanding American performers of the year in Athletics.

Ten lucky fans who participate in the voting will be chosen at random to receive select USATF/Nike merchandise. Of the winners, one person will win the prize bonus of a Team USA jersey autographed by Carl Lewis. Read the official rules of the contest.

2010 Nominees (in alphabetical order)

Christian Cantwell

Christian Cantwell

  • World Indoor shot put champion (1st ever to win that event 3 times)
  • USA Indoor and Outdoor champion
  • 2010 Indoor Visa Championship Series winner
  • World leading mark indoors (21.95m/72-0.25)
  • Owned top three throws in the world including world leader (22.41m/73-6.25)
  • Won inaugural IAAF Diamond League menís shot put title
  • Put the shot 70 feet or more at 20 different meets
Tyson Gay

Tyson Gay

  • Equaled world leading time in menís100 meters (9.78)
  • Won inaugural IAAF Diamond League menís 100m title
  • Equaled second-fastest time in the world in the 200m (19.72)
  • Handed world record holder/world & Olympic champion Usain Bolt his first 100m loss in two years (9.84 to 9.97).
  • Posted straight 200m world record (19.41)
Bernard Lagat

Bernard Lagat

  • World Indoor 3,000m champion
  • Pending USA Indoor 5,000m record (13:11.50) at Boston Indoor Games
  • Won Wanamaker Mile at Millrose Games for the eighth time (all-time leader)
  • USA Outdoor 5,000m champion
  • Pending USA Outdoor 3,000m record (7:29.00) at Rieti, Italy
  • Pending USA Outdoor 5,000m record (12:54.12) at Oslo, Norway
  • Led U.S. Indoor list at 1,500m (3:35.49) & 5,000m (13:11.50)
  • Became the first ever to win 3,000m & 5,000m at IAAF Continental Cup
David Oliver

David Oliver

  • World Indoor Championships 60m hurdles bronze medalist (7.44PR)
  • Won USA Outdoor 110m hurdles title (12.93)
  • Equaled then American record at Nike Pre Classic (12.90)
  • Pending USA Outdoor 110m hurdles record (12.89) at St. Denis, France
  • Won inaugural IAAF Diamond League 110m hurdles title
  • Posted five fastest times in the world including world leader (12.89AR)
  • Unbeaten in 15 finals races
  • 2nd on U.S. Indoor list at 60m hurdles (7.44)
  • Runner up at USA Indoor Champs (7.54)
Chris Solinsky

Chris Solinsky

  • Pending USA 10,000m record (26:59.60) at Stanford, Calif. Bettered previous AR by by more than 14 seconds
  • First American to break 27-minute barrier at 10,000m
  • His 26:59.60 10,000m was the second fastest time in the world
  • #2 on U.S. Outdoor list at 3,000m (7:34.32)
  • #2 on U.S. Outdoor list at 5,000m (12:55.53PR)
Allyson Felix

Allyson Felix

  • USA Outdoor 100m champion
  • Won the Diamond League in the 200 and 400m, was the only double champion
  • World Indoor 4x400m gold medalist
  • Had two of the top three times in the world in the 200m, and top three times by an American in 2010
  • Second fastest American over 400m in 2010
  • Posted major wins in the 200m in Paris, Stockholm, London and Brussels; 400m wins in Doha, Eugene, London and Zurich
Molly Huddle

Molly Huddle

  • Set American record in 5,000m (14:44.76) in finishing 10th in Brussels Diamond League meeting
  • USA 5 km and 10 km road champion
  • USA Outdoor Championships runner-up
Chaunte Lowe

Chaunte Lowe

  • Had three of the top five marks in the world this year, including the WL 2.05m, and the top 13 marks by an American in 2010
  • Set the American record in the womenís HJ twice in 2010: 1st (2.04m/6-8.5) on May 30, in Cottbus, Germany and then again in winning the USA Outdoor Championships (2.05m/6-8.75)
  • Won her fourth USA Outdoor HJ title and finished as the runner-up in the long jump
  • Outdoor Visa champion as top performer in the Visa Championship Series
  • World Indoor bronze medalist and USA Indoor champion
  • Posted major wins in Paris, Stockholm, Oslo and Doha
Kara Patterson

Kara Patterson

  • Set American record in javelin (66.67m) in winning her third USA Outdoor title
  • Diamond League runner-up
  • Won the Nike Prefontaine Classic

Voting has closed - 10/22/10

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