Hellen Obiri

Obiri is a Kenyan middle-distance runner and world 5000 metres champion.

She won gold in the 2017 World Championships in London and defended her title at the 2019 World Championships, in Doha. 

For her 2019, heroics, she bagged the Sports Woman of The Year during the annual Safaricom Sports Personality of the Year Awards in January 2020. 

The athlete set a record and world lead of 14.22.12 at the first leg of the 2020 Diamond League in Monaco, France on Friday night, August 14. 

Obiri followed that achievement with a new world seasonal best time in the women’s 3000m (8:22.94) in Doha, Qatar in September 2020. 

On Tuesday, November 3 - the World Athletics Organisation nominated Obiri for the Female World Athlete of the Year 2020 alongside Peres Jepchirchir and Faith Kipyegon.