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Faith Kipyegon nominated for Women’s World Athlete of the Year 2023

Double World record holder and double World Champion Faith Kipyegon has been nominated for the 2023 Female Athlete of the Year Award.

Kipyegon, who broke three world records and won two world titles in 2023, heads the list of 11 nominees for this year’s award.

The 29-year-old mom broke world records in the 1500m, mile and 5000m in 2023, plus became the first woman to win titles at both 1500m and 5000m at one world championships.

She also recently closed down her season with a bronze medal in the mile at the World Road Running Championships.

Other finalists include Ethiopians Tigst Assefa, who on Sept. 24 lowered the women’s marathon world record by 2 minutes, 11 seconds to 2:11:53, and Gudaf Tsegay, who broke Kipyegon’s 5000m world record on Sept. 17.

Sha’Carri Richardson, who won 100m and 4x100m gold and 200m bronze at August’s worlds, is the lone American nominee.

The other nominees are all world champions: Dutchwoman Femke Bol (400m hurdles), Jamaican Shericka Jackson (200m), Japanese Haruka Kitaguchi (javelin), Ukrainian Yaroslava Mahuchikh (high jump), Spaniard Maria Perez (race walk), Venezuelan Yulimar Rojas (triple jump) and Bahrain’s Winfred Yavi (3000m steeplechase).

Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone, who won the award last year, ended her season early, before worlds, due to a minor knee issue.

Kipyegon is bidding to become the first Kenyan woman to win the award. The last female distance runner to win was Ethiopian Almaz Ayana in 2016.

From here, a three-way voting process determines five finalists: World Athletics Council vote (50%), World Athletics family vote (25%) and public vote through Facebook, X (Twitter), Instagram and YouTube (25%).

Voting closes at midnight on October 28. World Athletics plans to announce women’s and men’s finalists November 13-14.

The men’s nominees have yet to be announced.

Winners will be announced December 11.

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