3 Kenyan Athletes Nominated for Female World Athlete Award

  • A poster announcing Female Athlete Nominees in the World Athletics Awards
    A poster announcing Female Athlete Nominees in the World Athletics Awards.
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  • Three Kenyan athletes stand a chance to be crowned female athletes of the year in 2020 by the World Athletics Organisation.

    The sports organisation unveiled a list of its nominees on Tuesday, November 3 - where Hellen Obiri, Peres Jepchirchir and Faith Kipyegon were nominated for the Female World Athlete of the Year 2020.

    Obiri is the World 5000 Meters' Champion, Jepchirchir World Half Marathon champion while Kipyegon is the 1500 metres gold-medalist.

    Obiri also remains undefeated in three races over 3000m and 5000m and ran a world-leading 8:22.54 over 3000m.

    Hellen Obiri's poster announcing her nomination for the World Athletics Awards 2020
    Hellen Obiri's poster announcing her nomination for the World Athletics Awards 2020.
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    Jepchirchir, on the other hand, broke the world half-marathon record for a women-only race twice.

    Other nominees in the category included Femke Bol (Netherlands), Letesembet Gidey (Ethiopia), Sifa Hassan (Netherlands), Laura Muir (Great Britain and Nothern Ireland), Yulmar Rojas (Venezuela). Elaine Thompson-Herah (Jamaica) and Ababel Yeshaneh (Ethiopia).

    Timothy Cheruiyot, a Kenyan 1500m World Champion, was also nominated in the awards' Male Athlete of the Year 2020 category.

    In a statement, the organisation noted that the athletics industry had witnessed remarkable milestones in 2020 despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

    "The nominations reflect the remarkable range of exceptional performances that the sport has witnessed this year, despite the challenges that the global Covid-19 pandemic presented," read the statement in part.

    The voting process for the Female World Athlete of the Year closes at midnight on Sunday 15 November. 

    A three-way voting process will determine the finalists in which the World Athletics Council and the World Athletics Family will cast their votes by email, while fans can vote online via the World Athletics' social media platforms.

    The World Athletics Council’s vote will count for 50% of the result, while the World Athletics Family’s votes and the public votes will each count for 25% of the final result.

    Peres Jepchirchir's poster announcing her nomination for the World Athletics Awards 2020
    Peres Jepchirchir's poster announcing her nomination for the World Athletics Awards 2020.
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