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Athletics body names Amusan, four others for 2022 global award

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The World Athletics body has listed Nigeria’s athletic sensation, Tobi Amusan, and four other sportswomen for the 2022 World Athletics Awards in the women’s category.

Others competing with Amusan, who is the fastest 100 meters hurdle champion, for the award were Jamaican sprint queen, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Peru’s sensation, Kimberly Garcia, United State of America athlete, Sydney McLaughlin, and Venezuelan triple jumper, Yulimar Rojas.

Amusan and the four other women’s names were announced on Monday through a statement by the World Athletics as finalists for this year’s award.

The five athletes, who represent five countries from three area associations, have achieved sensational performances across a range of athletics disciplines in 2022, at the World Athletics Championships Oregon22, World Athletics Indoor Championships Belgrade 22, one-day meeting circuits and other events around the world.

According to World Athletics, a three-way voting process result showed that Amusan and the four others got better votes than other athletes whose names had appeared earlier.

According to the body, the World Athletics Council and the World Athletics Family cast their votes by email, while fans logged their decisions online via the World Athletics social media platforms where a record 1.3 million votes were registered.

“The World Athletics Council’s vote counted for 50 percent of the result, while the World Athletics Family’s votes and the public votes each counted for 25 percent of the final result. Voting closed on 31 October.

“The World Athletes of the Year will be announced on World Athletics’ social media platforms in early December, as part of the World Athletics Awards 2022”.

The five athletes were: Tobi Amusan 
– World 100m hurdles champion
– Diamond League, Commonwealth and African 100m hurdles champion
– Set a world 100m hurdles record of 12.12

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
– World 100m champion, claiming a fifth gold medal in the event
– Diamond League 100m champion
– Ran a world-leading 10.62 among her record seven sub-10.70 100m races of the season

Kimberly Garcia
– World 20km race walk champion, winning Peru’s first ever World Athletics Championships medal
– World 35km race walk champion in a South American record to complete a race walk double
– World Athletics Race Walking Team Championships 20km bronze medallist

Sydney McLaughlin
– World 400m hurdles and 4x400m champion
– Broke the world 400m hurdles record with 51.41 at the US Championships
– Further improved the world record to 50.68 to win the world title

Yulimar Rojas
– World indoor and outdoor triple jump champion
– Diamond League triple jump champion
– Improved her world record to 15.74m in Belgrade.

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