Duplantis, Rojas named World Athletics Athletes of the Year

Duplantis, Rojas named World Athletics Athletes of the Year

Venezuelan Yulimar Rojas competes throughout the Women’s triple leap remaining at the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Oct. 5, 2019. (Xinhua/Li Ming)

Sweden’s 21-year-old pole vaulter Armand Duplantis, who set two world data this season, turned the youngest-ever Male World Athlete of the Year winner, with the Female World Athlete of the Year award going to Venezuela’s Yulimar Rojas, who set a world indoor triple leap file.

CARACAS, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) — Swedish pole vaulter Armand Duplantis and Venezuelan triple jumper Yulimar Rojas have been chosen on Saturday as the World Athletics Athletes of the Year.

Duplantis started the 12 months by bettering upon the world file of 6.16 metres set by Renaud Lavillenie in 2014 with efforts of 6.17m and 6.18m, and on November 10 he broke the 26-year-old out of doors world file of 6.14m set by Ukraine’s Sergei Bubka when he cleared 6.15m in Rome.

Rojas gained 4 competitions this 12 months, each indoors and outdoor, along with breaking the world indoor file with a historic 15.43 meters.

The males’s nominees subject additionally included the Ugandan lengthy distance runner Joshua Cheptegei, Norway’s world 400m hurdles champion Karsten Warholm, American Olympic shot put champion Ryan Crouser and Johannes Vetter of Germany.

In an interview with World Athletics, Rojas mentioned she was very shocked and pleased with the historic distinction, including that merely being nominated was an awesome achievement.

“Being the finest athlete of the 12 months 2020 goes to be an awesome motivation for 2021, a really stunning 12 months through which I’ve many aspirations and expectations,” mentioned Rojas, who will attend the Tokyo Olympic Games.

The different 4 finalists for the feminine award have been: Sifan Hassan, a 10,000m runner from the Netherlands; Letesenbet Gidey, a 5,000m runner from Ethiopia; Peres Jepchirchir, a half-marathon runner from Kenya; and Elaine Thompson-Herah, a 100m runner from Jamaica.

The winners of the World Athletics annual awards are determined by the World Athletics Council, which represents 50 % of the votes, whereas the different 50 % of the votes are divided between the common public and the World Athletics Family.

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