Fraser-Pryce nominated for IAAF Female Athlete of the Year award

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has been nominated for the IAAF's Female Athlete of the Year award.

Fraser-Pryce, who won an unprecedented fourth 100m world title in a world leading 10.71 seconds at the IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar recently, is the only Jamaican among the 11 nominees for the award.

She won the Female Athlete ofthe Year award in 2013, to become the second Jamaican woman to do so after Merlene Ottey won in 1990.

Three of the nominees are from Kenya — Beatrice Chepkoech, Brigid Kosgei and Hellen Obiri.

The others short-listed include Dalilah Muhammad of the United States; Salwa Eid Naser of Bahrain; Katarina Johnson-Thompson of Great Britain; Sifan Hassan of The Netherlands; MalaikaMihambo of Germany; Yulimar Rojas of Venezuela; and MariyaLasitskene, who competed as an authorised neutral.

The IAAF said a three-way voting process will determine the finalists.

"The IAAF Council and the IAAF Family will cast their votes by email, while fans can vote online via the IAAF's social media platforms. Individual graphics for each nominee will be posted on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram this week; a 'like' on Facebook and Instagram or a retweet on Twitter will count as one vote.

"The IAAF Council's vote will count for 50 per cent of the result, while the IAAF Family's votes and the public votes will each count for 25 per cent of the final result," it explained.

It said voting for the Female World Athlete of the Year closes on November 5, after which five men and five women finalists will be announced.

The male and female World Athletes of the Year will be announced live on stage at the World Athletics Awards 2019.

No Jamaican was among the male nominees, who were announced yesterday.


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