Wednesday, 12 October 2022 13:41

Fraser-Pryce, Jackson shortlisted for World Athletics Athlete of the Year

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Five-time World 100m champion, Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce, and the fastest woman alive over 200m, Shericka Jackson, have been shortlisted for the 2022 World Athletics Female Athlete of the Year, according to the sport's governing body.

Fraser- Pryce, who was crowned Female Athlete of the Year in 2013, is fresh off a record-breaking season, having won her fifth world 100m title in Eugene, Oregon while clocking seven sub-10.7 seconds, the most by any woman in the history of the sport.

The 35-year-old Fraser-Pryce has also recorded the fastest time in the world this year of 10.62 seconds at the Monaco Diamond League in August.

To add to her list of accolades this season, the 10-time world champion claimed her fifth Diamond League title in the event at the Weltklasse Zurich Diamond League in September.

Meanwhile, her compatriot Jackson can also boast a stellar season as she etched her name in the history books when she stormed to 21.45 seconds to win the 200m at the 2022 Oregon World Championships.

She became the fastest woman alive and the second fastest woman in the history of the event while setting a new lifetime best, championship record, national record and world-leading time. She has now copped World Championship medals in the 100, 200 and 400m.

Additionally, Jackson was also crowned Diamond League champion in Zurich, Switzerland when she demolished a stellar field to claim her first title in the 200m.

With voting now open, the World Athletics Council’s vote will account for 50 per cent and the World Athletics Family and public votes will account for 25 per cent each. In addition, voting can be done via World Athletics on all their social media platforms.

Voting lines will be closed on October 31 when five finalists will be named. The World Athletics Female Athlete of the Year will be crowned in December.