The winner of the award will be announced on December 11
World Athletics has nominated Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson for World Athlete of the Year award. The governing body has reduced the original list of nominated women from 11 to five. Interestingly, Sha’carri Richardson did not make the cut.
Jackson achieved a personal best and world-leading time of 21.41 seconds when she won the half-lap event in the Budapest World Championships. She has enjoyed a memorable year in which she remained unbeaten in the women’s 200 metres. She also finished in third position with a time of 10.72 seconds in the 100 metres race.
Jackson left no doubt that she was the finest sprinter in 2023. She finished her season in fine style. One of her biggest achievement was winning the Diamond League finals sprint double.
The list of the final five will include Yulimar Rojas of Venezuela, Faith Kipyegon of Kenya, Femke Bol of the Netherlands and Tigist Assefa of Ethiopia.
Sha’Carri Richardson of the United States was snubbed despite beating Jackson to a gold medal in the 100 metres.
There also wasn’t any place for Spain’s Maria Perez, Bahrain’s Winfred Yavi, Ukraine’s Yaroslava Mahuchikh, Japan’s Haruka Kitaguchi and Ethiopia’s Gudaf Tsegay.
The winner of the award will be announced on December 11.