Finalists announced for male and female World Athlete of the year

Finalists announced for male and female World Athlete of the year


Despite the global COVID-19 pandemic that has ravaged the hosting of all sporting related activities, the world athletics governing body has announced the 10 finalists for the 2020 Male and Female athlete of the year.

The male and female athlete of the year would be hosted virtual on December 5 and will be streamed
live at on World Athletics YouTube channel, its Facebook page and via Twitter

Legendary sprint stars Sanya Richards-Ross and Ato Boldon will host the World Athletics Awards





Joshua Cheptegei, Uganda
– broke world records at 5000m (12:35.36), 10,000m (26:11.00) and 5km on the roads (12:51)
– was fourth at the World Athletics Half Marathon Championships on his debut over the distance


Ryan Crouser, USA
– undefeated in 10 shot put competitions
– his 22.91m world-leading performance moved him to equal third on the world all-time list


Mondo Duplantis, Sweden
– broke the world record in the pole vault twice (6.17m and 6.18m) and produced the highest outdoor vault of all time (6.15m)
– undefeated in 16 competitions


Johannes Vetter, Germany

– won eight of his nine javelin competitions
– threw a world-leading 97.76m, the second farthest throw in history


Karsten Warholm, Norway
– ran a world-leading 46.87 in the 400m hurdles, the second fastest performance in history
– undefeated in nine 400m/400m hurdles races and set world best of 33.78 in 300m hurdles



Letesenbet Gidey , Ethiopia

– set a world record of 14:06.62 over 5000m
– was second in the 5000m at the Wanda Diamond League meeting in Monaco

Sifan Hassan , Netherlands 

-set a world of 18,930m in the one hour run

– set a European record of 29:36:67 over 10,000m , the fourth fastest performance in history

Peres Jepchirchir , Kenyan

– won the world half marathon title
– twice broke the world half marathon record for a women-only race (1:05:34 and 1:05:16)

Yulimar Rojas , Venezuela 

– undefeated in four triple jump competitions indoors and outdoors
– broke the world indoor triple jump record with 15.43m

  Elaine Thompson , Jaimaica

– undefeated in seven 100m races
– ran world-leading 10.85 over 100m




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