Jamaican Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has been named among the five top sportswomen in track and field that have been shortlisted for the 2022 World Athletics Female Athlete of the Year.
World Athletics announced the top ten nominees for the prestigious award on October 12 following a selection process conducted by an international panel of athletics experts comprising representatives from the six continental areas of World Athletics.
Initially nominated alongside fellow Jamaican sprinter Shericka Jackson, Fraser-Pryce has been selected as a finalist following the end of the voting process at midnight on Monday, October 31. Fans were permitted to vote online via the World Athletics social media platforms.
After running a leading season in 2022, Fraser-Pryce has consistently stood out among her sprinting peers. The 35-year-old and mother of one continues to amass several outstanding titles and secured her fifth World Championships title and Diamond League trophy during the 2022 athletic season. She also ran a world-leading 10.62 seconds among her record seven sub-10.70 100m races this year, becoming the first woman to break 10.7 six times in one season.
The three-time Olympic gold medalist has been shortlisted along with Venezuela’s Yulimar Rojas, the USA’s Sydney McLaughlin, Peruvian Kimberly Garcia, and Nigerian Tobi Amusan.
Following the announcement of the shortlisted finalists on Monday, 2022’s Female Athlete of the Year will be revealed on World Athletics’ social media platforms on December 5.