NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR FEMALE WORLD ATHLETE OF THE YEAR 2019

This week marks the opening of the voting process for the 2019 World Athletes of the Year ahead of the World Athletics Awards 2019 in Monaco on Saturday 23 November.

The IAAF is pleased to confirm a list of 11 nominees for Female World Athlete of the Year who were selected by an international panel of athletics experts, comprising representatives from all six continental areas of the IAAF. The nominations of 11 athletes reflects the remarkable range of exceptional performances that the sport has witnessed this year, at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha, and in the Diamond League and in road and cross country events. The IAAF’s Competition Performance Ranking show that the World Championships in Doha was the highest quality competition in the history of the event.

The nominees for 2019 Female World Athlete of the Year are (in alphabetical order):

Beatrice Chepkoech (KEN)
- won world 3000m steeplechase title in a championship record of 8:57.84
- won Diamond League title
- won seven of her eight steeplechase races

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (JAM)
- won world 100m and 4x100m titles in world-leading times of 10.71 and 41.44
- won Pan-American 200m title
- won seven of her 10 races at 100m

Katarina Johnson-Thompson (GBR)
- won world heptathlon title in a world-leading 6981
- undefeated in all combined events competitions, indoors and outdoors
- won European indoor pentathlon title with a world-leading 4983

Sifan Hassan (NED)
- won world 1500m and 10,000m titles in world-leading times of 3:51.95 and 30:17.62
- won Diamond League 1500m and 5000m titles
- broke world mile record with 4:12.33 in Monaco

Brigid Kosgei (KEN)
- set a world record of 2:14:04 to win the Chicago Marathon
- won the London Marathon
- ran a world-leading 1:05:28 for the half marathon and 1:04:28 on a downhill course

Mariya Lasitskene (ANA)
- won world high jump title with 2.04m
- jumped a world-leading 2.06m in Ostrava
- won 21 of her 23 competitions, indoors and outdoors

Malaika Mihambo (GER)
- won world long jump title with a world-leading 7.30m
- won Diamond League title
- undefeated outdoors

Dalilah Muhammad (USA)
- broke world record with 52.20 at the US Championships
- improved her own world record to win the world 400m hurdles title in 52.16
- won world 4x400m title

Salwa Eid Naser (BRN)
- won world 400m title in 48.14, the third-fastest time in history
- won Diamond League title and three gold medals at the Asian Championships
- undefeated at 400m outdoors

Hellen Obiri (KEN)
- won world cross-country title in Aarhus
- won world 5000m title in a championship record of 14:26.72
- ran a world-leading 14:20.36 for 5000m in London

Yulimar Rojas (VEN)
- won world triple jump title with 15.37m
- jumped world-leading 15.41m to move to second on the world all-time list
- won nine of her 12 competitions, including the Pan-American Games


A three-way voting process will determine the finalists.

The IAAF Council and the IAAF Family will cast their votes by email, while fans can vote online via the IAAF's social media platforms. Individual graphics for each nominee will be posted on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram this week; a 'like' on Facebook and Instagram or a retweet on Twitter will count as one vote.

The IAAF Council’s vote will count for 50% of the result, while the IAAF Family’s votes and the public votes will each count for 25% of the final result.

Voting for the Female World Athlete of the Year closes on 5 November. At the conclusion of the voting process, five men and five women finalists will be announced by the IAAF.

The male and female World Athletes of the Year will be announced live on stage at the World Athletics Awards 2019.

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SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED FOR INTERNATIONAL FAIR PLAY AWARD

Following the conclusion of the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019, four moments have been shortlisted for the International Fair Play award.

Members of the International Fair Play Committee (CIFP) and the IAAF formed a jury to decide on the shortlist. This week fans can cast their votes for the shortlisted moment that they feel best exemplifies fair play. These votes will be combined with the votes from the jury to determine three finalists for the Fair Play Award. The winner will be revealed at the IAAF Athletics Awards in Monaco on 23 November.

SHORTLIST

1 Armand Duplantis, Piotr Lisek and Sam Kendricks

The pole vault medallists showed great camaraderie and respect for one another throughout the competition and during their celebrations.

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Fair Play Award nominee:@mondohoss600, @samkendricks and @LisekPiotr for their heartwarming camaraderie?

Retweet to vote for Sam, Armand and Piotr, competition closes Sunday 13th of October.

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2 Sandi Morris

Despite missing out on the gold medal, the first thing the US pole vaulter did was congratulate the winner, Anzhelika Sidorova, showing genuine delight in her success.

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Fair Play Award nominee: @sandicheekspv, despite losing out on pole vault gold the first thing she did was congratulate winner Anzhelika Sidorova?

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3 Dina Asher-Smith

In two separate races during the championships, the British sprinter went back to help injured competitors.

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Fair Play Award nominee:@dinaashersmith for her support of her competitors post race?

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4 Braima Suncar Dabo

On the final lap of his 5000m heat, the runner from Guinea Bissau helped carry fellow runner Jonathan Busby to the finish line when he was on the brink of collapsing.

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Fair Play Award nominee:

Braima Suncar Dabó for his incredible display of sportsmanship towards Jonathan Busby?

Retweet to vote for Braima, competition closes Sunday 13th of October.

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To vote, head to the respective posts on twitter and retweet your favourite moment.

The CIFP was established more than 50 years ago to promote the principles of fair play in sport – fair competition, respect, friendship, team spirit, equality and sport without doping. It honours those who respect the written and unwritten rules of sport, which include integrity, solidarity, tolerance, care, excellence and joy, and who set an example for others, on and off the field.

At the IAAF World Championships alone, eight awards have been handed out since 2003. Spanish high jumper Ruth Beitia, who consoled Italy’s Alessia Trost after she failed to qualify for the high jump final at the 2017 IAAF World Championships at the end of a difficult year, was the latest recipient of an award.

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World Athletics Championships disaster proves why World Cup 2022 is doomed

The stadia will be gleaming, the air-conditioning humming away inside but unless the state-of-the-art technology can also deliver holograms of spectators it is doomed to failure.

The decision to stage the World Athletics Championships in Doha, the Qatari capital, has been a disaster, the attendance pathetic.

The depressing sight of the fastest woman on the planet, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, waving to a non-existent crowd as she paraded around the Khalifa International Stadium with her two-year-old son Zyon summed up the apathy.

The event should never have gone there.

Qatar's bid for the championships is under criminal investigation in France. A preliminary charge of active corruption over a $3.5m payment to an IAAF official has been filed against Paris St Germain's Qatari owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi. He denies wrongdoing.

What the past week has shown - if we did not know already – is that a World Cup in Qatar is an accident waiting to happen.

It is all well and good expanding a sport's horizons and looking beyond the obvious but there has to be buy-in from the host nation to make it work.

When Qatar hosted the UCI Road World Championships three years ago the cyclists had equally invisible support.

What has made the current Rugby World Cup a success in a country where the sport is – or was until the victory over Ireland - relatively niche has been the Japanese public. Ninety-six per cent of the 1.8m tickets have been sold, the majority to the domestic market.

The Tokyo Olympics next year will work similarly well for the same reason.

Japan has a massive population of 126m, Qatar's is 2.6m. There just aren't the numbers to host a football tournament on this scale - even if there was the interest.

But there isn't.

When a reporter from the Press Association went to the gulf state last season to cover a home match for the league leaders Al Duhail in the Qatari Stars League there was no attendance figure released so he did a head count instead. It came to 155.

FIFA's hope is that the World Cup will be a regional tournament, drawing in support from across the whole of the Middle East. That looks unlikely in the current political climate with Qatar being frozen out by its neighbours for pursuing a more open relationship with Iran.

Will supporters from Europe bale out the organisers? The winter sunshine at a December World Cup may be appealing but probably not the alcohol restrictions.

A vanity project from an absurdly rich but tiny country chasing the kudos of staging the world's biggest football tournament is about to blow up in their faces.

For FIFA too the embarrassment could be colossal although as an organisation it does not really do shame. Eleven of the 22 FIFA committee members who voted on where the 2022 World Cup should be held have since been fined, suspended, banned for life or prosecuted for corruption.

The alternative bids for 2022 came from Japan, Australia, South Korea and the United States. How different the landscape for the next World Cup would have looked had any one of those been successful.

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New stars emerge at IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019

Some of the biggest names in the sport have cemented their legendary status by adding to their career medal haul at the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019.

But along with the established stars, several new names have emerged over the first five days of competition at the Khalifa International Stadium.

Having dominated the event on the international circuit over the past two years, USA’s Noah Lyles became the youngest ever winner of the men’s 200m at the World Championships, earning his maiden senior global title on Tuesday with a 19.83 run.

“Don't say I'm the new Bolt,” said Lyles. “I'm me. If you like me, I'll happily entertain you. It's my time.”

Earlier that evening, Lyles’ teammate and fellow 22-year-old Donavan Brazier broke the championship and North American records to win the 800m in 1:42.34.

“I've said all season that my goal was to get the gold here and to break this record, and that's what I did,” said Brazier, who had a winning margin of 1.13. “It means the world to me. To be world champion at 22 years old, I can't believe it.”

The women’s 800m had a surprise winner in the form of Uganda’s Halimah Nakaayi. The 24-year-old produced the performance of her life to pass the pre-race favourites on the home straight, winning in 1:58.04. Compatriot Winnie Nanyondo, the fourth-place finisher, joined Nakaayi on a lap of honour, stopping every now and again to perform a celebratory dance.

“They will be very happy back home in Uganda, especially in the central part,” said Nakaayi. “They are dancing now. It is a historic day.”

Nakaayi’s gold medal was as much of a surprise as Tajay Gayle’s victory in the men’s long jump. The Jamaican had only just scraped through the first round as the 12th and last qualifier, but he dominated the final to win with 8.69m.

In the women’s throws, USA’s DeAnna Price and Australia’s Kelsey-Lee Barber won maiden global titles, Price winning the hammer with 77.54m and Barber launching a last-round effort of 66.56m to take the javelin.

Other medallists have emerged as a future force, too. Ethiopia’s 5000m silver medallist Selemon Barega and Ukraine’s high jump runner-up Yaroslava Mahuchikh became the first athletes born this century to win senior global medals.

“There's a really big difference between junior and senior global competitions,” observed Mahuchikh, who set a world U20 record of 2.04m. “I have competed with these girls all season, but to jump with them at the World Championships is a very special feeling.”

It’s not just the athletes breaking new ground; certain nations – such as Burkina Faso and The Gambia – have made it on to the medals and placings table for the first time in World Championships history. Already, with fewer than half of the finals having been contested, 28 nations have made it on to the medals table and 52 teams have had athletes achieve a top-eight finish.

The likes of Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Christian Taylor may have achieved all-time great status here in Doha, but with the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games just 10 months way, there appears to be many up-and-coming athletes also on the brink of super stardom.

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Report: men's pole vault - IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019

Another night, another mammoth jumps showdown.

This time it was the men’s pole vault where Sam Kendricks became just the second man to successfully defend a world title in the event after a captivating battle with teenaged sensation Armand Duplantis.

The pair cleared 5.97m before topping out at 6.02m after a riveting jump-for-jump battle, with Kendricks winning the second US title of the night, just minutes after Donavan Brazier’s national and championships record run in the 800m, on countback.

“I am elated, stunned and excited, all at the same time. It’s almost hard to take it in,” said Kendricks, who illustrated yet again how well he competes when the pressure is on. “To have three men over six metres all going for it --the Titans of the event this year-- made it such a memorable night. We weren’t dueling as enemies but as rivals and friends.”

Indeed, three men who had topped six metres or better this season --Kendricks 6.06m, Piotr Lisek 6.02m and Duplantis 6.00m-- were all in the field, promising and evening ripe for drama. And the sport's greatest acrobats delivered.

5.70m, the second height of the competition, reduced the field to eight, but only the big three successfully negotiated 5.80m to secure the medals early. Then the war began.

After each missed on their first attempts at 5.87m, Duplantis was the first to sail over with a massive clearance. Lisek quickly followed suit. After two modest attempts, Kendricks finally cleared on his third but found himself trailing in bronze medal position.

But as he's often done, the defending champion bounced back with a solid first attempt clearance at 5.92m after misses by Duplantis and Lisek, to retake the lead. Duplantis fell shy again on his second attempt, descending too close to the bar. Lisek chose to pass to the next height but Duplantis tried again, this time sailing well clear to move into second.

Duplantis's first go at 5.97m produced the height, but he hit the bar on his descent. Lisek, with just two attempts left, was even closer, but he too pounded the bar on his way back to earth. Meanwhile, Kendricks' maiden attempt was the farthest off the mark as he knocked it off the pegs on his ascent.

Duplantis, who let his frustration show after his first miss, showed even more of it after his second. Lisek followed but he too was out of steam, again knocking the bar off on his way down, forced to finish with bronze.

Next up, Kendricks with his second attempt, one that wasn’t especially close, directing the spotlight back on Duplantis who once again put his youthful cool on display with his best jump of the night, nudging the bar on his way down but watching it stay on as he landed.

But Kendricks immediately responded in kind, producing his best vault of the championships with a clean clearance to hold on to the lead and as it turned out, seal the win. He let out a roar as he landed, with the vociferous crowd roaring their approval in return.

6.02m proved a bar too high, thus ending the young Swede’s quest to become just the second teenager to win the world title. The youngest ever? An unknown Ukrainian by the name of Sergey Bubka, who was about three-and-a-half months shy of his 20th birthday when he took the title at the 1987 edition. He went on to win the next five. Duplantis will be around, and either approaching his peak or at it, for at least that many more.

Countback at 5.70 determined the next four spots.

German Bo Kanda Lita Baehre was fourth, Olympic champion Thiago Braz fifth, with 2013 champion Raphael Holzdeppe sixth and Frenchman Valentin Lavillenie tied in sixth.

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Report: women's pole vault - IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019

With a clutch third attempt clearance at 4.95m, Anzhelika Sidorova prevailed in a titanic battle over Sandi Morris to claim gold in the women's pole vault.

On a quest to secure their first major outdoor titles, Sidorova and Morris were on fire, producing perfect score cards through 4.90m, a height that only the pair managed to conquer in a competition that will be remembered as the deepest in World Championships history.

“I knew that we had to jump 4.90 to reach the podium, but it turned out we needed to go to 4.95m,” said the authorised neutral athlete, who jumped to silver at the 2014 and 2018 editions of the World Indoor Championships. “I felt confident at every height. I just focused on clearing each height on my first attempt because that was the only chance to win.”

“My first thought today, if nothing else, was just to have fun, go out and enjoy it, and I did, and that showed in the way I jumped,” said Morris, who jumped to silver medal performances at the 2016 Olympic Games and 2017 World Championships before taking world indoor gold last year. “I knew it was going to be between me and Sidorova.”

A record 17 athletes advanced to the final after topping the automatic qualifying height of 4.60m in Friday's qualification round. Illustrating the quality of the field, an opening height of 4.50m, the highest ever start at the World Championships, did nothing to winnow the field; 4.70m, the next height, eliminated just four.

But only six remained after 4.80m, where the casualties included 2015 world champion Yarisley Silva, 2012 Olympic champion Jenn Suhr and 2017 bronze medallist Robeilys Peinado.

The medallists were decided at 4.85m. Morris and Sidorova moved on after their fourth straight clearances of the night while Katerina Stefanidi, the defending champion, sailed clear on her second. Meanwhile, Canada's Alysha Newman and Swede Angelica Bengtsson bowed out to finish fifth and sixth, respectively. Bengtsson was pleased; her third attempt clearance at 4.80m added four centimetres to her national record - after she broke a pole.

“This is the first time it has happened in my career, and I am very happy it happened,” Bengtsson said, “because I always wanted to break a pole.”

After a first miss at 4.90m, Stefanidi had the bar raised to a would-be lifetime best of 4.95m. Her first try wasn’t especially close. Neither was her second, forcing the Greek Olympic champion to settle for bronze.

Morris was up next, produced plenty of height but hit the bar on the way down. Sidorova’s jump was eerily similar. Morris produced a near identical jump on the second time of asking while Sidorova came up well short, sailing under the bar. Morris then dug deep and came tatalisingly close with her third, but brushed it with her arm on the way down.

Conversely, Sidorova’s jump was clean to mark her second career best of the night, to finally clinch global gold. Emotionally spent, she burst into tears and called it a night.

“A few weeks ago I cried when I lost the Diamond League final,” Sidorova said. “Now I’m glad I was beaten there. It made me angrier, stronger and much more focused on the main season’s goal.”

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Jamaican Gayle upsets Echevarria to take long jump gold

Tajay Gayle became the first Jamaican man to ever win a world title in a field event, upsetting favourite Juan Miguel Echevarria of Cuba to grab gold in the long jump at the world athletics championships on Saturday with the biggest leap of the season.

The 23-year-old sped down the runway at high speed, leaping into the air to claim a distance of 8.69 metres on his fourth attempt, recording a personal best and beating his Cuban rival's 8.65m season best.

Jeff Henderson of the United States, the 2016 Olympic champion, finished second with a jump of 8.39m, his longest effort of the year.

 Echevarria made a slow start and could not replicate his best form of 2019, taking bronze with a jump of 8.34m on his third attempt.

"I know I could have been better, but I'm happy I made it to the podium at an international competition," the 21-year-old said.

South Africa's Luvo Manyonga, the defending world champion, finished fourth with 8.28m.

 Elsewhere, Sifan Hassan displayed her remarkable versatility by producing a stunning final lap to win the women's 10,000 metres, an event she ran for the first time only in May.

The Dutchwoman overtook Ethiopia's Letesenbet Gidey just before the bell and powered away over the final lap to win in a season's best time of 30 minutes 17.63 seconds and claim the first world or Olympic title of her career.

Gidey, who also started to run 10,000 metres this year, was second and Kenya's Agnes Tirop third.

 DeAnna Price won the women's hammer to become the first US athlete to claim the title.

Price, who led qualifying with 73.77 metres, threw 77.54 metres with her third attempt as she took advantage of the absence of four-times world champion Anita Wlodarczyk who was sidelined with injury.

The 26-year-old, who celebrated in front of fans with an American flag draped around her shoulders, had emerged as favourite after setting the season's best and North American record of 78.24 metres to win the U.S. title in late July.

Joana Fiodorow was second with a personal best of 76.35 and China's Wang Zheng took bronze with 74.76.

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Guinea-Bissau runner makes a name at IAAF World Championships with selfless assistance of stricken opponent

With all three of the big names in the men’s 400 metres hurdles winning their opening heats, the main focus on the opening day of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships here fell upon the opening heat of the men’s 5,000m, which saw Guinea-Bissau’s Braima Suncar Dabo stop running to assist a stricken opponent, 33-year-old Jonathan Busby of Aruba, in finishing.

The latter, twice-lapped, struggled badly as he entered the back straight for the final time, despite the fact that air conditioning had drastically lowered the temperature within the arena.

When Dabo, who had also been twice-lapped,  reached him, he stopped running and helped his opponent to his feet before supporting him around the final 200m in an affecting scenario that brought to mind other selfless acts on the track down the years.

The clearest parallel was when Britain’s Derek Redmond was helped home by his father Jim over the final part of his 400m semi-final at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona after he had stuttered to an agonised halt in the back straight with a hamstring injury.

But the incident also recalled to mind the way in which two women taking part in another 5,000m heat, at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, made headlines around the world in similar circumstances.

With 2,000m left to go, New Zealand athlete Nikki Hamblin tripped and fell, accidentally tripping up Abbey D’Agostino of the United States.

The American soon got up and instead of running helped Hamblin before faltering on a clearly injured foot.

D’Agostino later fell down again and so Hamblin helped her up and the two began to run the race together before embracing at the finish line.

The selfless display in the men's 5000m heats today called to mind a similar incident at the 1992 Barcelona Games when Britain's injured 400m runner Derek Redmond was helped home by his father, Jim ©Getty Images
The selfless display in the men's 5000m heats today called to mind a similar incident at the 1992 Barcelona Games when Britain's injured 400m runner Derek Redmond was helped home by his father, Jim ©Getty Images

"My main goal here was to represent my country and improve my personal best," said the 26-year-old Dabo, who studies and trains in Portugal.

"When I realised I could not achieve my goal it made no sense to me to overtake him.

"We could both finish the race and represent our respective countries.

"I did not pay attention to the reaction from the crowd.

"I just focused on helping him cross the finish line."

Despite his actions, Dabo, who had also been lapped, still finished with a personal best of 18min 10.87sec in a race won in ominously easy fashion by Ethiopia’s 19-year-old world indoor silver medallist Selemon Barega in 13:24.69.

Barega’s contemporary, Norway’s European champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen, punched the air in satisfaction after coming through to take one of the five automatic qualifying places for the final.

The European 1500 and 5,000m champion’s satisfaction was short-lived as he was disqualified for stepping onto the infield earlier in the race, but he was reinstated on appeal.

He thus joins his elder brothers, Henrik and Jakob, who both preceded him European 1500m champion and who both followed him in qualifying from heat two.

Qatar's Abderrahman Samba was in good form in the opening round of the 400m hurdles on his return to the event following an injury lay-off as he clocked the fastest time ©Getty Images
Qatar's Abderrahman Samba was in good form in the opening round of the 400m hurdles on his return to the event following an injury lay-off as he clocked the fastest time ©Getty Images

Despite his long lay-off from hurdling, home athlete Abderrahman Samba - whose 2018 time of 46.98sec is now only the equal third fastest time ever - finished as fastest qualifier in the 400m hurdles in 49.08.

Norway’s defending champion Karsten Warholm, winner of this season’s IAAF Diamond League title in 46.92, the fastest ever run behind the world record of 46.78 set by Kevin Young of the United States in winning the 1992 Olympic title, was third fastest on the night, winning his opening heat in 49.27.

Young’s compatriot Rai Benjamin, who followed Warholm home the Diamond League final in 46.98, won his heat in 49.62.

Defending triple jump champion Christian Taylor required one effort to qualify for the final on Sunday (September 29) with an effort of 16.99 metres that was third furthest on the night behind the 17.38m of Portugal’s Pedro Pichardo and the 17.17m reached by Burundi’s Hugues Zango.

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