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Here’s how you can help Gulfport’s Brittney Reese earn World Athlete of the Year

United States' gold medal winner Brittney Reese makes an attempt in the women's long jump final during the World Athletics Championships in London Friday, Aug. 11, 2017. The Gulfport native is a finalist for the IAAF World Athlete of the Year award.
United States' gold medal winner Brittney Reese makes an attempt in the women's long jump final during the World Athletics Championships in London Friday, Aug. 11, 2017. The Gulfport native is a finalist for the IAAF World Athlete of the Year award. AP

Former Gulfport standout Brittney Reese could use the Coast’s help.

The Gulfport, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and Ole Miss graduate is a nominee for the IAAF’s 2017 World Athlete of the Year award. She join’s fellow Ole Miss alum Sam Kendricks as the only American nominees for the men’s and women’s awards.

The award involves a three-way voting process, where the IAAF Council and the “IAAF Family” cast their votes by email, while fans can also vote on the IAAF’s Facebook page and Twitter accounts, where individual photos of each nominee are posted; a “like” on Facebook or a retweet on Twitter will count as one vote. The council’s vote counts for 50 percent of the result, while the “family” and fans each count 25 percent.

Other women nominated are Almaz Ayana, Maria Lasitskene, Hellen Obiri, Sally Pearson, Sandra Perkovic, Caster Semenya, Ekaterini Stefanidi, Nafissatou Thiam and Anita Wlodarczyk.

Other men nominated are Mutaz Essa Barshim, Pawel Fajdek, Mohamed Farah, Elijah Manangoi, Luvo Manyonga, Omar McLeod, Christian Taylor, Wayde van Niekerk and Johannes Vetter.

Here’s Reese’s Facebook nomination video:

Reese’s nomination comes after the Coast native reclaimed gold at August’s IAAF World Championship in London. Reese jumped 7.02 meters to rally from a slow start and win gold.

The nominees were selected by an international panel of athletics experts from the IAAF’s six continental areas.

Voting closes Oct. 16 with the announcement of three finalists. The 2017 IAAF Athletics Awards are scheduled for Nov. 24 in Monaco.

Patrick Ochs: 228-896-2321, @PatrickOchs

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