On Monday, it was revealed that Jamaican sprint sensation Shericka Jackson has emerged as one of the five finalists for the prestigious World Athletics Female Athlete of the Year award.
The finalists were determined through a comprehensive three-way voting process involving the World Athletics Council, the World Athletics Family, and an unprecedented 2 million votes from fans across the globe via World Athletics’ social media platforms.
Jackson, 29, earned her spot among the elite finalists following a remarkable season that saw her achieve a Diamond League sprint double, a feat accomplished only by two other women in history – Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in 2013 and Carmelita Jeter in 2011.
At the Diamond League final during the Prefontaine Classic at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, Jackson set a meet record of 21.57 seconds in the 200m, just a day after clocking an impressive 10.70 seconds in the 100m.
Her outstanding performances also included successfully defending her 200m world title and securing a silver medal in the 100m at the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
In her pursuit of the 200m world title, Jackson came tantalisingly close to breaking Florence Griffith-Joyner’s longstanding world record, finishing with a time of 21.41 seconds, a mere 0.07 seconds away from the iconic mark set in 1988.
The competition for the World Athletics Female Athlete of the Year award is fierce, with the finalists representing five countries from four area associations.
Among them is Kenyan Faith Kipyegon, who broke three world records and won two world titles in 2023, making her a strong contender for the coveted honor.
The other finalists include Tigist Assefa from Ethiopia (marathon), Femke Bol from the Netherlands (400m/400m hurdles), and Yulimar Rojas from Venezuela (triple jump).
The World Athletics Female Athlete of the Year will be announced on December 11 as part of the World Athletics Awards 2023.
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