Last updated 8 months ago | By Waweru Titus
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has released a list of nominees for 2019 Female World Athlete of the Year.
Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei made the shortlist after smashing the women’s marathon world record by more than a minute at the Chicago marathon on Sunday.
Kosgei achieved the feat in 2:14.04, chipping off one minute, 21 seconds from one held by Great Britain’s Paula Radcliff set in 2003.
“The IAAF is pleased to confirm a list of 11 nominees for Female World Athlete of the Year who were selected by an international panel of athletics experts, comprising representatives from all six continental areas of the IAAF.
“The nominations of 11 athletes reflects the remarkable range of exceptional performances that the sport has witnessed this year, at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha, and in the Diamond League and in road and cross country events.
“The IAAF’s Competition Performance Ranking shows that the World Championships in Doha was the highest quality competition in the history of the event,” IAAF said in a statement.
Beatrice Chepkoech and Hellen Obiri from Kenya have also been nominated.
The nominees for 2019 Female World Athlete of the Year are:
Beatrice Chepkoech (KEN)
- won world 3000m steeplechase title in a championship record of 8:57.84
- won Diamond League title
- won seven of her eight steeplechase races
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (JAM)
- won world 100m and 4x100m titles in world-leading times of 10.71 and 41.44
- won Pan-American 200m title
- won seven of her 10 races at 100m
Katarina Johnson-Thompson (GBR)
- won world heptathlon title in a world-leading 6981
- undefeated in all combined events competitions, indoors and outdoors
- won European indoor pentathlon title with a world-leading 4983
Sifan Hassan (NED)
- won world 1500m and 10,000m titles in world-leading times of 3:51.95 and 30:17.62
- won Diamond League 1500m and 5000m titles
- broke world mile record with 4:12.33 in Monaco
Brigid Kosgei (KEN)
- set a world record of 2:14:04 to win the Chicago Marathon
- won the London Marathon
- ran a world-leading 1:05:28 for the half marathon and 1:04:28 on a downhill course
Mariya Lasitskene (ANA)
- won world high jump title with 2.04m
- jumped a world-leading 2.06m in Ostrava
- won 21 of her 23 competitions, indoors and outdoors
Malaika Mihambo (GER)
- won world long jump title with a world-leading 7.30m
- won Diamond League title
- undefeated outdoors
Dalilah Muhammad (USA)
- broke world record with 52.20 at the US Championships
- improved her own world record to win the world 400m hurdles title in 52.16
- won world 4x400m title
Salwa Eid Naser (BRN)
- won world 400m title in 48.14, the third-fastest time in history
- won Diamond League title and three gold medals at the Asian Championships
- undefeated at 400m outdoors
Hellen Obiri (KEN)
- won world cross-country title in Aarhus
- won world 5000m title in a championship record of 14:26.72
- ran a world-leading 14:20.36 for 5000m in London
Yulimar Rojas (VEN)
- won world triple jump title with 15.37m
- jumped world-leading 15.41m to move to second on the world all-time list
- won nine of her 12 competitions, including the Pan-American Games
The 2019 World Athletics Awards will be held in Monaco on Saturday 23 November.