Thompson-Herah caps historic season with World Athlete of the Year nomination

October 22, 2021

Double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson Herah has been nominated for the 2021 World Athletics Female Athlete of the Year award, after a historic season which saw her defend her Olympic titles to become the first woman ever to win the 'sprint double' at consecutive games. 

The fastest woman alive, Thompson Herah had a dominant season clocking the second-fastest time ever in both the 100m in 10.54 seconds and the 200m in 21.53 seconds.

Scoring her third nomination, and second consecutive, she is the only Jamaican who has been nominated for either the Male or Female Athlete of the Year award for 2021.

Nine other women have been nominated for the 2021 Female Athlete of the Year award.

They are Valarie Allman (USA), Jasmine Camacho-Quinn (Puerto Rico), Sifan Hassan (Netherlands), Faith Kipyegon (Kenya), Mariya Lasitskene (Neutral), Sydney McLaughlin (USA), Shaunae Miller-Uibo (Bahamas), Athing Mu (USA), and Yulimar Rojas (Venezuela).

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

Voting for the World Athletes of the Year closes at midnight on Saturday 6 November. At the conclusion of the voting process, five women and five men finalists will be announced by World Athletics.

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

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