BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - AUGUST 26: Faith Kipyegon of Kenya winner of the gold medal competing in 5000m Women Final during Day 8 of the World Athletics Championships Budapest 2023 at the National Athletics Centre on August 26, 2023 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Andy Astfalck/BSR Agency/Getty Images)

Faith Kipyegon, Tigst Assefa, and Gudaf Tsegay nominated for the World Athlete of the Year award

World Athletics, the global governing body for track and field, has unveiled the roster of nominees for the highly anticipated Women’s World Athlete of the Year accolade. Out of the eleven exceptional female athletes recognized, three remarkable African contenders have earned their place in this prestigious competition.

Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon, alongside Ethiopian athletes Tigst Assefa and Gudaf Tsegay, are among the noteworthy nominees for this coveted award. These athletes have been selected based on their extraordinary recent accomplishments.

Faith Kipyegon, in the year 2023, etched her name in history by obliterating world records in the 1500m, mile, and 5000m categories. She achieved a significant milestone as the first woman to secure titles in both the 1500m and 5000m events at a single world championship. Her season culminated with a remarkable bronze medal in the road mile at the World Road Running Championships.

Tigst Assefa achieved an astounding feat by clinching victory in the Berlin marathon in September, simultaneously setting a new world record in the marathon discipline. Meanwhile, Gudaf Tsegay made her indelible mark by establishing a world record in the 5000m category.

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