Donavan in fray
The nominees who were short-listed by an international panel of athletics experts, comprising representatives from all six continental areas of the IAAF.
The list includes Coleman's compatriot Donavan Brazier, who won the Doha Worlds 800M title in a championship record of 1:42.34. He had also clinched the IAAF Diamond League title and had reigned supreme in four of his five outdoor 800M races.
The other big American name in the list is Taylor, who won the triple jump title at the Doha Worlds.
Just like Donavan, Taylor had also clinched the IAAF Diamond League title while winning gold in 10 of his 14 competitions.
Kipchoge leads the African contingent in the list. The legendary Kenyan long-distance runner became the first person to run a marathon in less than two hours ran as he ran 1:59:40.2 for 42.195km in Vienna.
He had also won the London Marathon in a course record of 2:02:37.
Kipchoge's compatriot Cheruyiot, who won the 1,500M title at the Doha Worlds is the other big African name in the list. In addition to pocketing the 1,500M IAAF Diamond League crown, Cheruyiot had won 10 of his 11 outdoor races across all distances.
A three-way voting process will determine the finalists.