IAAF ANNOUNCE ATHLETES OF THE YEAR
DINA ASHER-SMITH is among the short list for the IAAF’s female athlete of the year with the winner announced at the global governing body’s awards in Monaco on December 4.
The European 100m and 200m champion is up against Beatrice Chepkoech, the world steeplechase record-breaker from Kenya; Sifan Hassan, the European 5000m gold medallist from the Netherlands; Caterine Ibarguen, the Colombian winner of multiple triple and long jump competitions in 2018; Mariya Lasitskene, world indoor and European champion at high jump from Russia; Shaunae Miller-Uibo, the Bahamian 200/400m runner who is unbeaten this year; Sandra Perkovic, who took her fifth European discus title this year for Croatia; Nafi Thiam, the European hepathlon gold medallist from Belgium; Anita Wlodarczyk, European hammer winner from Poland; and Caster Semenya, the South African 800m runner unbeaten at her event in 2018.
Contenders for the men’s award include Timothy Cheruiyot, the world No.1 at 1500m and the mile from Kenya; Christian Coleman, world indoor champion and Diamond League 100m winner from the US; Armand Duplantis, world under-20 and European pole vault gold medallist from Sweden; Eliud Kipchoge, marathon world recordbreaker from Kenya; Emmanuel Korir, world 800m No.1 from Kenya; Luvo Manyonga, South African long jump star; Kevin Mayer, France’s decathlon world record-breaker; Abderrahman Samba, world No.1 at 400m hurdles from Qatar; Noah Lyles, American sprint talent; and Tom Walsh, New Zealand’s world indoor, Commonwealth and Diamond League shot put champion.
Dina Asher Smith: one of 10 female contenders