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World Athletics Awards: 2021 winners are Norway’s Karsten Warholm and Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah

World Athletics Awards: 2021 winners are Norway’s Karsten Warholm and Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah

The international athletics federation handed out its annual awards, the World Athletics Awards, virtually on Wednesday.


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LNorway’s Karsten Warholm, 25, an Olympic champion in the 400m hurdles, who twice broke the world record in the 400m hurdles, won the prestigious Male Athlete of the Year award. On July 1, in Oslo, he erased the 29-year-old record of American Kevin Young (46.78) by achieving 46.70. A month later, on August 3 in the final of the Games, he set an impressive time of 45.94.

Elaine Thompson-Herah received the Female Athlete of the Year award. The 29-year-old Jamaican became a three-time Olympic champion in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m in Tokyo. He finished first in the Diamond League and set the second best lap times in history over 100 (10.54) and 200 meters (21.53).

Succeeds a Swede

Warholm succeeds Swedish pole vault Armand Duplantis, who was still in the top five finalists this year. Ugandan long distance runner Joshua Cheptegei, American shot putter Ryan Crouser and Kenyan marathoner Eliud Kipchoge were the other three finalists from 2021. The other five nominees who were not selected as finalists are Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigtsen (1,500m), the Portuguese Pedro Pichardo (triple jump), the Swedish Daniel Stahl (disc), the Greek Miltiadis Tentoglou (long) and the Canadian Damian Warner (decathlon).

The Dutch Sifan Hassan, double Olympic champion in the 5,000 and 10,000m, and bronze medalist in the 1,500m, the Kenyan Faith Kipyegon (1,500m), the American Sydney McLaughlin (400m hurdles and the 4X400m relay), and the Venezuelan of triple jump. Yulimar Rojas, winner of this Award in 2020, were the other four finalists. The American Valerie Allman (disco), the Puerto Rican Jasmine Camacho-Quinn (100 m hurdles), the Russian Mariya Lasitskene (height), the Bahamian Shaunae Miller-Uibo (400 m) and the American Athing Mu (800 m and 4X400 m) were in the first list of the ten nominated athletes who were not selected among the five finalists.

Nafi Thiam already crowned

The “Rising Star” awards, which recognize the best young athletes, were awarded to the American Athing Mu, two-time Olympic champion of 800 m and 4X400 m at the age of 19, and her compatriot Erriyon Knighton, fourth in the 200 m of the Games Tokyo Olympics and youth world record holder at 19.84 at age 17.

The Inspiration award was jointly awarded to Qatari high jumpers Mutaz Essa Barshim and Italian Ginamarco Tamberi, who won the Olympic title this summer in Tokyo with a sporting spirit.

The most prestigious award, Athlete of the Year, has been awarded since 1988. Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt has won this men’s award six times (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2016), a record. Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva is the most awarded female athlete with three titles in 2004, 2005 and 2008.

A Belgian, Nafi Thiam, appears on the award list in two categories. She was voted a “Rising Star” in 2016 before winning the 2017 Athlete of the Year award twelve months later.




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