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Finalists announced for Female and Male World Athlete of the Year 2021

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Monaco, Nov 24 (MNN) With eight days to go until the World Athletics Awards 2021, five finalists each for Female and Male World Athlete of the Year have been confirmed, including Jamaican runner Elaine Thompson-Herah and Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda.

The five athletes, who represent five countries from four area associations, have produced some exceptional performances across a range of athletics disciplines in 2021, at the Tokyo Olympic Games, one-day meeting circuits and other events around the world.

The shortlisted female athletes include: Ethiopia-born Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands who is Olympic 5000m and 10,000m champion, an Olympic 1500m bronze medallist broke the world 10,000m record.

Faith Kipyegon of Kenya who is Olympic 1500m champion, a Diamond League 1500m champion, and – Kenyan 1500m record-holder.

Sydney McLaughlin of the US who is Olympic 400m hurdles champion, Olympic 4x400m champion, and holds two world 400m hurdles records.

Yulimar Rojas of Venezuela who is Olympic triple jump champion, a Diamond League triple jump champion, and a world triple jump record-holder.

Elaine Thompson-Herah holds Olympic 100m, 200m and 4x100m titles, is a Diamond League 100m champion, and holds national 100m and 200m records, with second fastest of all time.

In the male category, the finalists are: Joshua Cheptegei who is an Olympic 5000m champion, Olympic 10,000m silver medallist, and holds the world-leading 8:09.55 for two miles.

Ryan Crouser of the US is an Olympic and Diamond League shot put champion who remained udefeated all year round and holds world shot-put records in indoors and outdoors.

Mondo Duplantis of Sweden is an Olympic pole vault champion, a Diamond League pole vault champion, and a European indoor pole vault champion.

Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya is an Olympic marathon champion, who has in his name the largest winning margin in men’s Olympic marathon since 1972, and a winner of Enschede Marathon.

Karsten Warholm of Norway is an Olympic 400m hurdles champion, a Diamond League 400m hurdles champion, and a world 400m hurdles record and world 300m hurdles best.

A three-way voting process determined the finalists. The World Athletics Council and the World Athletics Family cast their votes by email, while fans voted online via the World Athletics social media platforms.

The World Athletics Council’s vote counted for 50 per cent of the result, while the World Athletics Family’s votes and the public votes each counted for 25 per cent of the final result. The voting closed on November 6.

The male and female World Athletes of the Year will be announced at the World Athletics Awards 2021, which will be held virtually on December 1.

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