SPRINT QUEEN

Elaine Thompson-Herah of Jamaica poses with her national flag as she celebrates after winning gold at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

Jamaican sprint queen Elaine Thompson-Herah has been nominated for the 2021 World Athletics Female Athlete of the Year award, according to the Jamaica Gleaner.

The paper reported on Friday that Thompson-Herah followed up on her Rio 2016 Olympic success with gold medals in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m at the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

She also lowered her personal best times to 10.54 seconds in the 100m and 21.53 in the 200m, making her the fastest woman alive, the Gleaner said.

It said the other nominees are Olympic discus champion Valarie Allman from USA, Olympic 100m hurdles champion Jasmine Camacho-Quinn from Puerto Rico, Olympic 5,000m and 10,000m champion Sifan Hassan from Netherlands, Olympic 1500m champion Faith Kipyegon from Kenya, and Olympic high jump champion Mariya Lasitskene from Russia (ANA).

Also nominated are: World and Olympic 400m hurdles champion Sydney McLaughlin of USA, Olympic 400m champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo from The Bahamas, Olympic 800m and 4x400m champion Athing Mu from USA and triple jump Olympic champion Yulimar Rojas from Venezuela, the Gleaner said.

Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas poses with her national flag after winning gold at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

“The nominations reflect the remarkable range of exceptional performances that the sport has witnessed this year, at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, one-day meeting circuits and other events around the world,” the Gleaner quoted World Athletics in making the announcement.

A three-way voting process will determine the finalists, the Gleaner said.

It said 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.

The World Athletics Council’s vote will count for 50 percent of the result, while the World Athletics Family’s votes and the public votes will each count for 25 percent of the final result, the Gleaner said.

It said voting for the World Athletes of the Year closes at midnight on Saturday, Nov. 6.

At the conclusion of the voting process, five women and five men finalists will be announced by World Athletics, the Gleaner said.

It said the female and male World Athletes of the Year will be announced live at the World Athletics Awards 2021 in December.

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