Thompson-Herah nominated for 2021 World Athlete of the Year award | Loop Jamaica

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Jamaican Elaine Thompson-Herah has been nominated for the 2021 World Athletics Female Athlete of the Year Award.

The sprint star, who copped gold medals in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, was on Friday named among 10 nominees selected by an international panel of athletics experts.

According to World Athletics, the nominations reflect the remarkable range of exceptional performances that the sport has witnessed this year, at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, one-day meeting circuits and other events worldwide.

Besides her achievements at the Tokyo Games, Thompson-Herah, 29, is also the second-fastest woman of all time. She clocked 10.54 seconds in the women’s 100m at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon, inching closer to American Florence Griffith-Joyner’s world record of 10.49 seconds, set in 1988.

The Jamaican joins an impressive field of nominees, including Olympic discus champion Valarie Allman of the United States; Olympic 100m hurdles champion Jasmine Camacho-Quinn of Puerto Rico; Olympic 5000m and 10,000m champion Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands; Olympic 1500m champion Faith Kipyegon of Kenya; Olympic high jump champion Mariya Lasitskene from Russia (Authorised Neutral Athlete); Olympic 400m hurdles champion Sydney McLaughlin of the United States; Olympic 400m champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas; Olympic 800m and 4x400m champion Athing Mu of the United States; and Olympic triple jump champion Yulimar Rojas of Venezuela.

The voting process for the award opened this week ahead of the World Athletics Awards 2021, which is set for December.

Commenting on the awards, World Athletics President Sebastian Coe said: “We do recognise that athletes in some parts of the world faced greater challenges than others in accessing international competition this year, which complicated the nomination process. However, we saw some impressive breakthroughs at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, and we look forward to those athletes having more opportunities to shine next year, with five World Athletics Series events and a full schedule of one-day meetings on the calendar.”


World Athletics said a three-way voting process would determine the finalists.

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, it said in a release.

“Individual graphics for each nominee will be posted on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram this week; a ‘like’ on Facebook and Instagram or a retweet on Twitter will count as one vote.

“The World Athletics Council’s vote will count for 50 per cent of the result, while the World Athletics Family’s votes and the public votes will each count for 25 per cent of the final result,” World Athletics said on Friday.

Voting closes at midnight on November 6. After the voting process, World Athletics will announce five finalists.