IAFF Announces 'Female Athletes of the Year 2019'

The International Athletics Federation (IAAF) announced Tuesday the candidates for the "Female Athlete of the Year 2019".

This week marks the start of the voting process for the 2019 World Athletes of the Year in front of the 2019 World Sports Awards here on November 23.

The IAAF has confirmed a list of 11 candidates for the "Female World Athlete of the Year" selected by an international team of expert athletes made up of representatives from all six continents of the IAAF.

The nominations of the 11 athletes reflect the remarkable range of outstanding performances the sport has attended this year at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha, the Diamond League and road and cross-border events.

The IAAF rankings show that the World Championship in Doha was the highest quality competition in the history of the race.

Nominees for the 2019 World Athlete of the Year are:

Beatrice Chepkowets (Kenya), Celi-Ann Fraser-Pritche (Jamaica), Katarna Johnson-Thomson (Great Britain), Shifan Hassan (Netherlands), Brigin Kosigi (Kenya), Nasser E (Kenya), (Bahrain), Hellen Obiri (Kenya) and Yulimar Roza (Venezuela).

A three-way voting process will determine the finalists. The IAAF Council and the IAAF family will vote by email, and followers can vote through the IAAF social networking platforms.

The IAAF board vote will count for 50 per cent of the result, while the IAAF family votes and the public vote will count for 25 per cent of the final result.

At the conclusion of the voting process, five men and five women finalists will be announced by the IAAF.

The men and women World Athletes of the Year will be announced live on stage at the 2019 World Sports Awards.