Nigerian athlete, Tobi Amusan makes the final shortlist for Athlete of the Year Award

Nigerian athlete, Tobi Amusan makes the final shortlist for Athlete of the Year Award

Tobi Amusan, one of the finalists for Women’s World Athlete of the Year. Amusan joins Jamaican sprinter Shelley-Anne Fraser-Pryce, American 400m hurdles gold medalist Sydney McLaughlin, Venezuelan triple jump world record holder Yulimar Rojas, and Peruvian race walk double champion Kimberly Garcia on the list.

This year, Amusan dominated the women’s 100m hurdles, setting a world record time of 12.12 seconds in the semi-finals of the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon, before winning gold in the final.

The Diamond League, Commonwealth, and African 100m hurdles champion is also 25 years old.

Fraser-Pryce won a record fifth world 100m titleas she strengthened her claim to be regarded as the best women’s sprinter of all time.

The Jamaican, 35, also ran the fourth-fastest ever women’s 100mof 10.62 seconds at the Diamond League in Monaco, in a season which yielded a record seven sub-10.70 times.

Garcia won Peru’s first ever World Championship medal when she took gold in the 20km race walk.

As she won the 35km race, the 29-year-old set a South American record of two hours, 39 minutes, and 16 seconds, becoming a double world champion.

McLaughlin of the United States broke her own world record by winning gold in the 400m hurdles in 50.68 seconds.

The 23-year-old shaved nearly three-quarters of a second off her previous best time at a championship where she also won gold in the 4x400m relay.

When Rojas won gold in the triple jump at the World Athletics Indoor Championships in Belgrade in March, she set a new world record of 15.74m.

The Venezuelan, 27, then won gold in the event for the third time in a row in Eugene, Oregon, in July.

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