Wallace up for gong

GOLD Coast Olympic kayaker Ken Wallace is vying to become the fourth person to win back-to-back Australian Institute of Sport's athlete of the year titles.

But first, he'll have to stare down stiff challenges from triathlete Emma Moffatt and swimmer Brenton Rickard, both world champions, for the honour.

The AIS has just announced its three finalists for 2009, which crowns the sporting body's best graduate performance of the year.

Wallace, 26, was named the winner last year in the wake of his gold medal victory in the K1 500m at the Beijing Olympics. But his second-place finish, and first-ever World Cup medal, in Hungary this June holds him in good stead for a repeat performance.



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