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Jamaican sprint star Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is in the running for the 2022 World Athletics Athletics of the Year award.

The 35-year-old won the 100-metre gold medal during the 2022 Eugene World Athletics Championships that took place in Oregon this summer.

The gregarious pint-sized powerhouse also picked up two silver medals in the 200m and 4 x 100m Relays. Her win in the 100m was done in 10.67 seconds. She ran the fastest 100m of 2022 during the Monaco Diamond League meet clocking a 10.62, the fifth fastest time in history. She also owns the third fastest time in history from the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2021 clocking a 10.60 performance. Only Florence Griffith-Joyner and Elaine Thompson-Herah have run faster at 10.49 and 10.54, respectively.

A remarkable seven performances run during 2022 are in the top 15 all-time by Fraser-Pryce. Eleven of the top-20 performances were run by the Jamaican, all-time.

Ten nominees in alphabetical order

Tobi Amusan, Nigeria, 100m HurdlesBroke world record in World Championships semifinals, then won the world title two hours later

Chase Ealey, USA, Shot Put
World Championships and Diamond League titles, plus had the Nos. 2-5 throws in American history

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Jamaica, 100m
World Championships and Diamond League titles, plus ran a record seven sub-10.70 races in one year (at age 35)

Kimberly Garcia, Peru, Race Walk
World titles in 20km, 35km events

Shericka Jackson, Jamaica, 200m
World Championships and Diamond League titles, plus the second-fastest time in history

Faith Kipyegon, Kenya, 1500m
World Championships and Diamond League titles, plus the second-fastest time in history

Yaroslava Mahuchikh, Ukraine, High Jump
World Indoor Champion, World Outdoor silver medalist, equaled national record clearance

Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone, USA, 400m Hurdles
Broke world record twice, lowering it from 51.46 to 50.68, won world titles in 400m hurdles, 4x400m relay (seventh-fastest relay performer in history)

Shaunae Miller-Uibo, Bahamas, 400m
World Indoor and Outdoor titles

Yulimar Rojas, Venezuela, Triple Jump
World Indoor and Outdoor Championships and Diamond League titles, plus broke her own indoor (and overall) world record

The process

The World Athletics Council and the World Athletics Family will cast their votes by email, while fans can vote online via the World Athletics social media platforms. Individual graphics for each nominee will be posted on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube this week; a ‘like’ on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube or a retweet on Twitter will count as one vote.

The World Athletics Council’s vote will count for 50% of the result, while the World Athletics Family’s votes and the public votes will each count for 25% of the final result.

Voting for the World Athletes of the Year closes at midnight on Monday 31 October. At the conclusion of the voting process, five women and five men finalists will be announced by World Athletics.

The winners will be revealed on World Athletics’ social media platforms in early December.

Further information about the World Athletics Awards 2022 will be announced in the coming weeks.

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