Three-time Olympic champion Shelly-Anne Fraser-Pryce has been among the finalists for the 2022 World Athlete of the Year award.
The 35-year-old Jamaican is one of five world champions to make the latest World Athletics Award shortlist. The other four are Venezuelan triple jump world record holder Yulimar Rojas, US 400m hurdles gold medalist Sydney McLaughlin, two-time Peruvian gait champion Kimberly Garcia and Nigerian 100m hurdles gold medalist Tobi Amusan.
The shortlist followed the end of voting, which ended on Monday, October 3. Fans voted online via World Athletics’ social media platforms with 1.3 million people registered.
Fan votes accounted for 25% of the total, with World Athletics Council votes accounting for 50% and the World Athletics Family for the remaining 25%.
The winner will be announced on December 5.
2022 Women’s World Athlete of the Year finalists (in alphabetical order):
Tobi Amusan from Nigeria
Amusan is the world champion in the 100m hurdles and the champion of the Diamond League, Commonwealth and Africa in the 100m hurdles. Amusan also broke the 100m hurdles world record of 12.12 seconds in Oregon.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Jamaica
The fastest woman in the world this year won her fifth gold medal in 100 m women at the championship. Fraser-Pryce then ran in the Monaco Diamond League with a record time of 10.62 seconds. Even more impressive is that Jamaica, who is also the 100m Diamond League champion, is the first woman in history to complete 10.70 runs seven times in the same season. In the 200 m race and the 4×100 m relay, she also won silver medals.
Sydney McLaughlin, USA
McLaughlin finished the season with double gold in the 400m hurdles and 4x400m relay. She broke her own world record in the 400m hurdles twice this season. The American track star ran to 51.41 at the US Championships and further improved the world record to 50.68 en route to gold in Oregon.
Kimberly Garcia, Peru
Garcia placed Peru on the World Athletics map with double gold medals in the march at the World Athletics Championships.
She won the first medal in her country of the world championships in athletics in women’s 20 km walk. The 29-year-old then added the 35km walk title to the South American record for an amazing double. She also helped her team win bronze at the World Team Race Walking Championships.
Yulimar Rojas, Venezuela
Rojas improved her triple jump world record to 15.74m in Belgrade, where she retained her indoor world title before dominating the World Championships, where she won her third outdoor world title. She finished the season as the Diamond League triple jump champion.