World Athletics unveils finalists for 2023 World Athlete of the Year
On Tuesday, the finalists for the 2023 World Athlete of the Year award were unveiled on World Athletics’ social media pages. This award showcases the remarkable performances of the 2023 season that captivated the track and field audience.
The 10 finalists, representing eight countries, have left their mark on the world of athletics. Their stellar accomplishments spanned various disciplines, from triumphs at the 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest to setting world records at one-day meeting circuits, road races and other prestigious events across the globe.
Here are the five male and five female finalists.
Neeraj Chopra (IND) – Javelin
Asian Games champion
Ryan Crouser (USA) – Shot Put
World record holder (23.56 meters)
Mondo Duplantis (SWE) – Pole Vault
Diamond League champion with a world record (6.23 meters)
Kelvin Kiptum (KEN) – Marathon
London and Chicago Marathon winner
Men’s marathon world record (2:00:35)
Noah Lyles (USA) – 100m/200m
World 100m and 200m champion (first man to win the double at worlds since 2015)
Undefeated in six finals at 200m
Tigist Assefa (ETH) – Marathon
Berlin Marathon winner
Women’s marathon world record holder (2:11:53)
Femke Bol (NED) – 400m/400m hurdles
World 400m hurdles champion
World indoor 400m record holder (49.26 seconds)
Shericka Jackson (JAM) – 100m/200m
World 200m champion and 100m silver medalist
Diamond League 100m and 200m champion
Faith Kipyegon (KEN) – 1,500m/Mile/5,000m
World 1,500m and 5,000m champion
Set world records over 1,500m, mile and 5,000m (3:49.11/4:07.64/14:05.20)
Yulimar Rojas (VEN) – Triple Jump
Diamond League champion
The finalists were chosen through a three-way voting process involving the World Athletics Council, the World Athletics Family and track and field fans online. Fans had the opportunity to cast their votes online through World Athletics’ social media platforms, contributing to a record-breaking two million votes.
Canadian decathlon world champion Pierce LePage was one of the 11 nominees for the award but did not advance from the voting process. Voting concluded on October 28.
The World Athletes of the Year award will be named on Dec. 11, as part of the 2023 World Athletics Awards in Monaco.
posted Tuesday November 14th
by Marley Dickinson