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Vote for our athletics nominees

By Editorial | November 7th 2020

Four Kenyan athletes have been listed for the 2020 Male and Female World Athlete of the Year Awards to be held virtually on December 5. Despite challenges brought about by Covid-19 pandemic, our stars have staged brilliant shows on the global stage.

World 1,500m champion Timothy Cheruiyot, newly crowned women-only world 21km record holder Peres Jepchirchir, Olympic 1,500m champion Faith Chepng’etich and world 5000m champion Hellen Obiri are among 20 global bigwigs listed for the awards.

For the four to make the cut is no mean feat. They did their best and ball is in our court – to vote for them. A three-way voting process will determine the finalists. Fans vote online through the World Athletics’ social media platforms. Individual graphics for each nominee was posted on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram this week; a ‘like’ on Facebook and Instagram or a retweet on Twitter will count as one vote.

Voting for the World Athletes of the Year closes at midnight on November 15. At the conclusion of the voting process, five men and five women finalists will be announced.

Now that the voting process is open, we should rally behind our nominees. We should do so and appreciate them for what they have done for country. The contest is competitive with Ethiopian, Ugandan and Dutch stars posing serious threat.

In 2011, Vivian Cheruiyot looked an outright winner after bagging three world titles. But she lacked the votes and lost to Australia’s Sally Pearson. Let’s not repeat the same mistake.

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