Sunday 8 December, 2019

Fraser-Pryce's photo makes IAAF awards shortlist

Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce celebrates after capturing her fourth world 100m title at the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019. The photo, captured by Felix Sanchez Arrazola, has been shortlisted for the Photograph of the Year award.

Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce celebrates after capturing her fourth world 100m title at the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019. The photo, captured by Felix Sanchez Arrazola, has been shortlisted for the Photograph of the Year award.

On Saturday, November 23, Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will know if she will be crowned the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) 2019 Female World Athlete of the Year.

The top Jamaican female over the past decade has made a shortlist of five; the list having been trimmed from the original 10 nominees.

But, while Fraser-Pryce waits to see if she will cop the prestigious award for her exploits on the track this year, including an unprecedented four 100 metre titles at the IAAF World Championships, following her most recent win in Doha, Qatar, her photograph when crossing the finish line in the Gulf state has been shortlisted among three for Photograph of the Year award.

The photo, which was taken by Felix Sanchez Arrazola, a frequent contributor to Runner's World Spain since 2005, shows a triumphant Fraser-Pryce with fists clenched crossing the finish line in the 100m final.

According to the IAAF, Sanchez regularly contributes to Spanish newspapers Marca, AS, El Mundo among many others. He won the World Athletics photo award last year.

The other shortlisted photographs are from Andrej Isakovic who shows a tearful Grant Holloway of the USA sitting on the track after winning the 110m hurdles title at the Championships; and Patrick Smith, for his eye-catching photograph of Antigua’s Priscilla Frederick clearing the bar as she competed in the high jump final at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.

Isakovic, a native of Serbia, is a regional staff photographer for the AFP in the western Balkans. He began his career working in local and regional media in 1996, and joined the AFP in 2014.

For his part, Smith is a staff photographer with Getty Images based in Baltimore, USA. Smith documents news, sports and feature stories in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan region and beyond. He has covered numerous major sporting events and has received numerous awards including ‘Sports Photographer of the Year' by Pictures of the Year International and ‘Photographer of the Year’ by the White House News Photographers Association.

The winner will be announced live on stage at the World Athletics Awards 2019 on Saturday in Monaco where Fraser-Pryce will be looking to win her second athlete of the year award.

116 images were submitted and a panel of judges – comprising David Burnett, Anthony Edgar, Raquel Cavaco Nunes, Katharine Merry and Sanya Richards-Ross – were given the task to narrow the entries to three.

The diminutive sprinter had a solid 2019 season, which ended with two gold medals at the World Championships.

She 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.

The finalists in alphabetical order are:

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.

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