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Cheptegei misses out, Duplantis and Rojas world’s best in 2020

 

MISSED OUT AGAIN: Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei celebrates after winning the Men 5000m during the IAAF Diamond League competition on August 29, 2019, in Zurich. FILE PHOTO AFP

ūüďƬ†#WorldAthleticsAwards 2020

Male athlete of year
‚ú≥ 2020 ‚ÄĘ Duplantis ūüáłūüá™
Female athlete of year
‚ú≥¬†2020 ‚ÄĘ Rojas ūüáĽūüá™

ūüďƬ†The other award winners

✳ Member Federations Award
Polski ZwińÖzek Lekkiej Atletyki (Polish Athletics Association)

✳ Covid Inspiration Award
Ultimate Garden Clash, an original idea by Renaud Lavillenie

✳ President’s Award
Tommie Smith, Peter Norman and John Carlos

✳ Coaching Achievement Award
Helena and Greg Duplantis

✳ Athletes Community Award
Athletics Clubs

✳ World Athletics Photograph of the Year
Michael Steele’s photograph of young children competing at the Discovery Cross Country Championships in Eldoret, Kenya

Kampala, Uganda | LOUIS JADWONG |  World record-breakers Mondo Duplantis of Sweden and Yulimar Rojas of Venezuela are the male and female World Athletes of the Year.

They were named at the World Athletics Awards 2020 held virtually on Saturday after a year ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei, who was a strong contender having broken three World records, was for the second year running edged out – this time by pole vaulter Duplantis, 21, who finished the year undefeated in 16 competitions. Last year, Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge was named ahead of Cheptegei.

Duplantis broke the world record in the pole vault twice (6.17m and 6.18m) before producing the  highest outdoor vault of all time of 6.15m.

‚ÄúIt was a really strange season, for me and everybody, but I was able to put it together and get some pretty good results,” Duplantis told World Athletics.

‚ÄúI think it‚Äôs cool when people describe me as the face of the sport, but it’s not something that I need to be or that I must have,‚ÄĚ he added. ‚ÄúI just try to go out there, I try to jump high, I try to break world records, I try to just keep improving.‚ÄĚ

Rojas on the other hand broke the South American indoor triple jump record with 15.03m and leaped 15.43m to break the world indoor record. ‚ÄúI honestly didn’t expect this, I really cannot believe it,” Rojas told World Athletics.

‚ÄúThis victory means a lot to me and to all of those who work with me every day, everyone who gives me strength and motivation every day. And now, being the best athlete of the year is an additional inspiration for me for 2021. It is going to be a great year and I have a lot of ambition. This gives me a lot of strength to keep on track with my career.”

How voting was done

A three-way voting process determined the finalists.

The World Athletics Council and the World Athletics Family cast their votes by email, while fans voted online via our social media platforms. The Council’s vote counted for 50% of the result, while the Athletics Family’s votes and the public votes each counted for 25% of the final result.

Voting for the Male World Athlete of the Year closed on 15 November.

The awards were hosted by legendary sprint stars Sanya Richards-Ross and Ato Boldon.

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PAST WINNERS

Year Men Women
1988  Carl Lewis  Florence Griffith Joyner
1989  Roger Kingdom  Ana Fidelia Quirot
1990  Steve Backley  Merlene Ottey
1991  Carl Lewis  Katrin Krabbe
1992  Kevin Young  Heike Henkel
1993  Colin Jackson  Sally Gunnell
1994  Noureddine Morceli  Jackie Joyner-Kersee
1995  Jonathan Edwards  Gwen Torrence
1996  Michael Johnson  Svetlana Masterkova
1997  Wilson Kipketer  Marion Jones
1998  Haile Gebrselassie  Marion Jones
1999  Michael Johnson  Gabriela Szabo
2000 ¬†Jan ŇĹelezn√Ĺ
2001  Hicham El Guerrouj  Stacy Dragila
2002  Hicham El Guerrouj  Paula Radcliffe
2003  Hicham El Guerrouj  Hestrie Cloete
2004  Kenenisa Bekele  Yelena Isinbayeva
2005  Kenenisa Bekele  Yelena Isinbayeva (2)
2006  Asafa Powell  Sanya Richards
2007  Tyson Gay  Meseret Defar
2008  Usain Bolt  Yelena Isinbayeva (3)
2009  Usain Bolt  Sanya Richards (2)
2010 ¬†David Rudisha ¬†Blanka VlaŇ°ińá
2011  Usain Bolt  Sally Pearson
2012  Usain Bolt  Allyson Felix
2013  Usain Bolt  Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
2014  Renaud Lavillenie  Valerie Adams
2015  Ashton Eaton  Genzebe Dibaba
2016  Usain Bolt  Almaz Ayana
2017  Mutaz Essa Barshim  Nafissatou Thiam
2018 ¬†Eliud Kipchoge ¬†Caterine Ibarg√ľen
2019  Eliud Kipchoge  Dalilah Muhammad

SOURCE: wikipedia

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