Female World Athlete of the Year Nomination
World Athletics is pleased to confirm a list of 10 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 World Athletics.
The nominations reflect the remarkable range of exceptional performances that the sport has witnessed this year, despite the challenges that the global Covid-19 pandemic presented.
The nominees for 2020 Female World Athlete of the Year are (in alphabetical order):
Femke Bol, Netherlands
Letesenbet Gidey, Ethiopia
Sifan Hassan, Netherlands
Peres Jepchirchir, Kenya
Faith Kipyegon, Kenya
Laura Muir, Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Hellen Obiri, Kenya
Yulimar Rojas, Venezuela
Elaine Thompson-Herah, Jamaica
Ababel Yeshaneh, Ethiopia
A three-way voting process will 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. 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 Female World Athlete of the Year closes at midnight on Sunday 15 November. At the conclusion of the voting process, five men and five women finalists will be announced by World Athletics.
The male and female World Athletes of the Year will be announced live at the World Athletics Awards 2020 on Saturday 5 December.