Thursday 12 December, 2019

Fraser-Pryce among finalists for Female World Athlete of the Year 2019

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce celebrates after winning the women's 100-metre gold medal at the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar on Sunday, September 29.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce celebrates after winning the women's 100-metre gold medal at the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar on Sunday, September 29.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has been named among the five finalists for the 2019 Female World Athlete of the Year.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) announced finalists on Tuesday, 11 days before the prestigious ceremony.

The Jamaican had a solid 2019 season, which ended with two gold medals at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar.

The diminutive sprinter became the first woman to win the 100 metres at four World Championships when she turned back the challenge of a quality field at the 2019 edition inside the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar on September 29.

Fraser-Pryce clocked a fast 10.71 seconds, putting some serious distance between her and the rest of the field. 

With the 100-metre victory at the World Championships, Fraser-Pryce won her first global medal as a mother; she gave birth to her son, Zyon, two years ago.

Fraser-Pryce was also a member of the women's 4x100-metre relay team that won the gold medal in Doha.

Fraser-Pryce won the Female Athlete of the Year award in 2013.

The finalists are (in alphabetical order):

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (JAM)
- won world 100m and 4x100m titles in world-leading times of 10.71 and 41.44
- won Pan-American 200m title
- won seven of her 10 races at 100m

Sifan Hassan (NED)
- won world 1500m and 10,000m titles in world-leading times of 3:51.95 and 30:17.62
- won Diamond League 1500m and 5000m titles
- broke world mile record with 4:12.33 in Monaco

Brigid Kosgei (KEN)
- set a world record of 2:14:04 to win the Chicago Marathon
- won the London Marathon
- ran a world-leading 1:05:28 for the half marathon and 1:04:28 on a downhill course

Dalilah Muhammad (USA)
- broke world record with 52.20 at the US Championships
- improved her own world record to win the world 400m hurdles title in 52.16
- won world 4x400m title

Yulimar Rojas (VEN)
- won world triple jump title with 15.37m
- jumped world-leading 15.41m to move to second on the world all-time list
- won nine of her 12 competitions, including the Pan-American Games

A three-way voting process determined the finalists.

The World Athletics Council and the World Athletics Family cast their votes by email, while fans voted online via the IAAF social media platforms. The Council’s vote counted for 50% of the result, while the Athletics Family’s votes and the public votes each counted for 25% of the final result.

Voting for the Female World Athlete of the Year closed on November 5.

The male and female World Athletes of the Year will be announced live on stage at the World Athletics Awards 2019 in Monaco on Saturday, November 23.

 

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