2020 World Athletics Awards: Two Africans Emerge in the Final 5 of the Women’s Category

On Tuesday, the list of nominees for the 2020 World Athletics Award was cut down from ten to five, with Africa well represented; Kenya’s Peres Jepchirchir and Ethiopia’s Letsenbet Gidey made the final list.

Peres Jepchirchir is a gold medalist and she broke the world half marathon world record for a women-only race twice, while her Ethiopian counterpart Letsenbet Gidey is the 2015 and 2017 U20 Cross Country World Champion, the fourth woman to win back-to-back titles.

Three other Africans who made the initial “ten” but did not make it to the final “five” include Ethiopia’s Ababel Yeshanehand, and Kenya’s Hellen Obiri and Faith Kipyegon. While the other three athletes who made the final nomination list are;

  • Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah, she ran world-leading 10.85 over 100m and was undefeated in seven 100m races.
  • Venezuela’s Yulimar Rojas, she is an Olympic silver medalist, a two time World Indoor Champion in Triple Jump and two time World Champion(2017 London and 2019 Doha)
  • Netherlands’ Sifan Hassan, she set a world record of 18,930m in the one-hour run in 2020, she also set a European record of 29:36.67 over 10,000m – the fourth fastest performance in history.

Voting by the World Athletics Council and the World Athletics Family was done via email, while fans voted online using the various social media platforms. The fans votes and the World Athletics Family accounted for 25% of the final result, while the Council’s votes counted for 50% of the result.



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