Jamaican sprinter Elaine Thompson-Herah has closed a record-breaking 2021 season, by profitable the Feminine World Athlete of the 12 months award on the World Athletics Awards held just about on Wednesday.
Thompson-Herah produced one of many most interesting dash seasons in historical past this 12 months, retaining her Olympic 100m and 200m titles in Tokyo and changing into the primary lady in historical past to win back-to-back Olympic dash doubles; and including a 3rd gold medal within the 4x100m relay.
On high of her Olympic triple, she additionally clocked world-leading instances of 10.54 and 21.53 over 100m and 200m respectively, transferring to second on the world all-time lists and coming inside touching distance of the long-standing world data.
“I simply take it 12 months by 12 months,” stated Thompson-Herah. “I went very near the world document so you already know, something is feasible. No spikes hanging up any time quickly!
“The World Championships in Oregon is most undoubtedly my subsequent large goal,” she added. “It’s near house, I hope family and friends can come out and watch. I hope I get some crowd as properly. That couldn’t occur in Tokyo however hopefully, in Eugene, I can get my family and friends to return and cheer me on.”
Elaine Thompson-Herah is the third Jamaican lady to win the award, becoming a member of Merlene Ottey (1990) and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (2013). Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell are the one male sprinters to win Athlete of the 12 months.
This 12 months’s Male Athlete of the 12 months award went to Karsten Warholm of Norway/
Warholm uncorked some of the exceptional performances in athletics historical past when he stormed to gold within the 400m hurdles on the Tokyo Olympics. Having already damaged the world document with 46.70 in Oslo within the lead-up to the Video games, Warholm exceeded all expectations within the Japanese capital to assert gold in a shocking world document of 45.94. In a race of unbelievable depth, the highest three athletes completed contained in the pre-2021 world document.
World Athletics President Sebastian Coe congratulated all of the winners and finalists on their extraordinary achievements this 12 months.
“We now have this 12 months celebrated some jaw-dropping performances in Tokyo, on the World Athletics U20 Championships in Nairobi and thru our one-day assembly circuits – the Wanda Diamond League and the Continental Tour. So we’re delighted to recognise a few of our stars at tonight’s awards,” he stated.
“As a sport, we’re in an extremely sturdy place. 2021 has been a superb 12 months. We cemented our place as the number one Olympic sport popping out of Tokyo, we’ve probably the most God-given proficient athletes on the planet and our sport is probably the most accessible of all sports activities. Thanks to all our athletes all over the world. I’m trying ahead to watching what you possibly can all do in 2022.”
Elaine Thomspon-Herah started preparation for the 2022 season beneath new steering. She introduced her departure from the MVP Monitor Membership in October.