Nov, 24th 2020 – Kenyan half marathon sensation Peres Jepchirchir has made it to the five athletes shortlist for the iAAF world female athlete of the year.
Jepchirchir has broken the half marathon record twice, eighteen seconds apart.
She will be joined by Ethiopian Letesenbet Gidey who set a new world record in the 5000m and was second in the 5000m at the Wanda Diamond League meeting in Monaco.
Sifan Hassan of Netherlands who set a world record of 14:06.62 over 5000m and set a European record of 29:36.67 over 10,000m, the fourth fastest performance in history.
Triple jumper Yulimar Rojas of Venezuela who is undefeated in four triple jump competitions indoors and outdoors and has broken the world indoor triple jump record with 15.43m and Elaine Thompson-Herah of Jamaica undefeated in seven 100m races and ran world-leading 10.85 over 100m.
In the men’s category Ugandan Joshua Cheptigei made it to the last five male athletes.Others are
The male and female World Athletes of the Year will be announced live at the World Athletics Awards 2020 to be staged as a virtual event on 5 December. The event will be streamed live on the World Athletics YouTube Channel, on Twitter and their Facebook page.
The finalists were determined by a three way voting process. The World Athletics Council and the World Athletics Family cast their votes by email while fans voted online via the social media platforms. The Council’s vote counted for 50% of the result while the Athletics Family’s votes and the public votes counted for 25% of the final result each.
The Female World Athlete of the year voting was closed on the 15th November