Elaine Thompson-Herah, the Jamaican Olympic triple gold medalist, has been nominated for another global award just a week after the World Athletics Awards declared her the female World Athlete of the Year. She has now been shortlisted for the BBC ‘s World Sport Star of the Year.
The Jamaican has been nominated to face off against a female Irish jockey, a Formula 1 championship contender, an international tennis star and an American football legend. All these sports stars have managed to capture the public’s imagination with their incredible sporting achievements in 2021.
The other contenders are American football legend Tom Brady who this year extended his record of Super Bowl wins to seven; Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic who sealed victories at the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon this year; Red Bull Racing Formula 1 driver Max Verstappen who is seeking his first World Championship in a tight competition with his Mercedes rival, seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton; Rachael Blackmore who became the first female rider to win the Grand National at Aintree and the first woman to be leading jockey at the Cheltenham Festival; and Saul ”Canelo” Álvarez, who became the first undisputed super-middleweight champion of all time just last month.
Thompson-Herah made history as the first woman to complete the Olympic sprint ‘double-double’ and became the second-fastest ever woman in both events, behind only Florence Griffith-Joyner, as she took gold in the 100m and 200m.
For the past few seasons, the 29-year-old Jamaican sprinter has been suffering from an achilles tendon injury but she has still managed defend her Rio titles.
The voting process will be open until December 14. The winners of this year’s BBC‘s World Sport Star of the Year will be announced on December 19 during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year live show.