Jessica Ennis up for female athlete of the year award

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How Jessica Ennis won gold in 2012

Great Britain's Jessica Ennis has made the three-woman shortlist to become the IAAF world female athlete of the year.

Ennis, who won heptathlon gold at the London Olympics, is up against American Allyson Felix and New Zealand's Valerie Adams for the honour.

Felix won golds in the 200m, 4x400m relay and 4x100m relay in London.

Adams retained her Olympic shot put crown after Nadzeya Ostapchuk was stripped of first place for failing a drugs test.

The nomination of Ennis, 26, comes a day after fellow Briton Mo Farah, who won 5,000m and 10,000m gold at the Olympics, failed to make the three-man shortlist for the IAAF male athlete of the year.

The International Association of Athletics Federations will announce the winners in each category in Barcelona on 24 November, 2012.