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Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce among finalists for Female World Athlete of the Year 2019

By Jamaica Gleaner

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(JAMAICA GLEANER) —   Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has been named as one of five finalists for the World Athletics Female World Athlete of the Year Award.

Fraser-Pryce, the world 100m champion and 4x100m gold medallist from the World Championships in Doha, Qatar, also ended the year as the fastest woman in the 100m with 10.71 seconds.

She also won gold in the 200m at the PanAm Games and won seven of her 10 races in the 100m.

The other finalists are world 1500m and 10,000m champion and Diamond League 1500m and 5000m winner Sifan Hassan from The Netherlands; Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei, who set a world record in the marathon; America’s 400m hurdles world champion and world record holder Dalilah Muhammad and triple jump world champion Yulimar Rojas from Venezuela.

The finalists were determined through a three-way voting process that saw World Athletics Council and World Athletics Family cast votes by email, while fans voted via social media platforms.

The Male and Female World Athletes of the Year will be announced at the World Athletics Awards in Monaco on November 23.

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