Kipyegon up for Female World Athlete of the Year award

Kipyegon up for Female World Athlete of the Year award

Faith KIPYEGON (KEN) celebrates the gold medal with her arms raised, AUGUST 6, 2021 - Athletics : Women's 1500m Final during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the National Stadium in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by YUTAKA/AFLO SPORT)

Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon, who retained her women’s 1500m title at the Tokyo Olympics in August, is one of 10 nominees for the Female World Athlete of the Year.

Nine other winners from the Olympics are also under consideration for the global honor among them Jamaican sprint queen Elaine Thompson-Herah.

Dutch star Sifan Hassan who notched the 5000m and 10000m double in Tokyo is also on the roster. The 28-year-old also picked up Olympic bronze in the 1,500m.

Others included are Valarie Allman, USA (Olympic discus champion), Jasmine Camacho (Olympic 100m hurdles champion), Mariya Lasitskene (Olympic high jump champion) and Sydney McLaughlin (Olympic 400m hurdles champion).

Shaunae Miller-Uibo (Olympic 400m champion), Athing Mu (Olympic 800m and 4x400m champion) Yulimar Rojas (Olympic triple jump champion) complete the list.

A three-way voting process will determine the finalists, with fans eligible to vote online on the World Athletics’ social media platforms up to November 6.

The male nominees were announced yesterday with marathon king Eliud Kipchoge among them.

The female and male World Athletes of the Year will be announced live at the World Athletics Awards 2021 in December.