Kipyegon to face Assefa, Gudaf, Sha’carri, Yavi, Mahuchikh, Rojas, Shericka, Perez and Bol for WA female athlete of the year.

World Athletics has nominated the two time Olympic Games 1,500m champion Faith Kipyegon to battle for the female World athlete of the year award.

The two time world record holder was today announced to battle for the crown after the selection from an international panel of athletic experts.

“World Athletics is pleased to confirm a list of 11 nominees for Women’s World Athlete of the Year. These athletes were selected by an international panel of athletics experts, comprising representatives from all six continental areas of World Athletics.” 

“In what has been another memorable year for the sport, the nominations reflect some of the standout performances achieved at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest 23, one-day meeting circuits, label road races and other events around the world.” 

Kipyegon was selected after a memorable performance at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest where she won both the 1,500m and 5,000m races to become the first female in history of the championships to clinch double accolades.

She will be up against world marathon record holder Tigist Assefa of Ethiopia, world 5,000m record holder Tsegay Gudaf of Ethiopia, world 100m champion Sha’carri Richardson of the USA, Kenyan-born Bahraini Winfred Yavi, Yaroslava Mahuchikh, Venezuelan Yulimar Rojas, Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson, Maria Perez and 400m Femke Bol.

Voting closes on October 28 midnight after which five women.

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