Nigerian track and field athlete, Tobi Amusan, has been nominated for the 2022 Women’s World Athlete of the Year, making her the first Nigerian ever to receive the nomination.
The council confirmed a list of 10 nominees for the women’s world Athletics of the year in which the Nigerian Athlete was top on the list.
Amusan has had a fantastic 2022, breaking the 100 metres hurdles world record on her way to winning gold at the World Athletics Championships in Oregon in a time of 12.12 seconds.
The 25-year-old backed up that performance by striking gold again at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham before retaining her Diamond League Trophy in Zurich in a new meeting record of 12.29s.
She is also the African champion and record holder after retaining her title in Mauritius in June.
Other nominees who complete the 10-woman shortlist are Jamaican star, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, World 200m champion and Diamond League 200m champion, Shericka Jackson, also of Jamaica, Sydney Mclaughlin (US), Chase Ealey (US), Kimberly Garcia (Peru), Faith Kipyegon (Kenya), Yaroslava Mahuchikh (Ukraine), Shaunae Miller-Uibo (Bahamas), Yulimar Rojas (Venezuela).
A three-way voting process involving the World Athletics Council, the World Athletics Family, and fan online voting will determine the finalists.
The World Athletics Council’s vote will count for 50%, while the World Athletics Family’s votes and fan votes will each count for 25%.
Story: Asma’u Sani
Media: World Athletics/ Twitter