This Sunday night in Monaco, the World Athletes of the Year will be announced at a gala dinner. (It will probably be star-studded, although this is not confirmed on the press release).
The shortlists have already been named and a name stands out in each category.
Kenenisa Bekele (Ethiopia) - became a double Olympic champion – at 5000m and 10,000m - and World Cross Country champion in 2008.
Usain Bolt (Jamaica) - won three gold medals in Beijing and set three world records in the process, over 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay.
Dayron Robles (Cuba) - Olympic 110m Hurdles champion and world record holder.
Tirunesh Dibaba (Ethiopia) - became a double Olympic champion – first woman ever to achieve the Olympic 5000/10,000m double - World Cross Country champion and broke the world 5000m record is Oslo.
Yelena Isinbayeva (Russia) - defended her pole vault Olympic title, setting the 24th world record of her career in the process; also won the World Indoor Championships earlier this year.
Pamela Jelimo (Kenya) – winner of the 800m at the Games, the 18-year-old also set five world junior records in 2008 and was the solo winner of the $1 million Golden League jackpot.
Are Bolt and Isinbayeva already nailed on to take home $100,000 (£67,150) each or are other candidates more deserving? Did the IAAF get the shortlists right?
Meanwhile, looking through the list of previous winners, it’s six years since a British athlete last got a look in, and you won’t need three guesses to work out which lachrymose marathon-runner was celebrating.
Fifteen tears, sorry, years ago GB had a clean sweep of the awards thanks to Colin Jackson and Sally Gunnell.
What does Britain need to do to ensure more silverware –on the track and at the awards gala – in future?