Jackson shortlisted for Women’s World Athlete of the Year
Two-time World Athletics Championships women’s 200m gold medallist Shericka Jackson was on Monday included on the shortlist of five athletes for the 2023 Women’s World Athlete of the Year honours, according to World Athletics.
Jackson, the Jamaican and World Athletics Championships record holder and Diamond League champion, made the final after a three-part voting that reduced the list from 11 after the voting closed on October 28, weeks after the original nomination.
According to the World Athletics website: “The five athletes, who represent five countries from four area associations, have achieved sensational performances across a range of athletics disciplines in 2023, winning titles and breaking world records at the World Athletics Championships Budapest 23, one-day meeting circuits, Label road races and other events around the world.”
Jackson, who lowered her personal best in the half-lap event to 21.41 seconds in the final of the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, in August, ended the season as the world leader in both the 100m and 200m events.
The other finalists are Ethiopia’s marathon world record holder Tigist Assefa; Holland’s women’s 400m hurdles world champion and indoor 400m world record holder Femke Bol; Kenya’s double World Championships gold medallist Faith Kipyegon and Venezuela’s triple jump world champion Yulimar Rojas.
The voting was a three-way process that included the World Athletics Council and the World Athletics Family casting their votes by e-mail, while fans logged their decisions online via the World Athletics social media platforms where a record two million votes were registered.
The World Athletes of the Year will be announced on World Athletics’ platforms on December 11, as part of the World Athletics Awards 2023, the website also said.