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December 13, 2018

Chep stays alive:World steeplechase record holder makes the top five short list

Beatrice Chepkoech during a past 3,000m steeplechase race / COURTESY
Beatrice Chepkoech during a past 3,000m steeplechase race / COURTESY
World steeplechase record holder Beatrice Chepkoech remains on course for the Female World Athlete of the Year 2018 award after making the list of top five candidates with just 15 days to the IAAF Awards Gala.
Chepkoech lowered Ruth Jebet’s previous mark by eight seconds, clocking 8:44.32— the third-quickest mark of all time. Her clamour for the global award is backed up by impressive performances over the past year, where she won seven of the eight steeplechase finals including the IAAF Continental Cup, African Championships and IAAF Diamond League final. Chepkoech is also the Commonwealth Games 1500m silver medallist.
However, she will have to make do with a challenge from an equally impressive quartet of Dina Asher-Smith (Great Britain), Caterine Ibarguen (Colombia), Shaunae Miller-Uibo (Bahamas) and Belgium’s Nafissatou Thiam.
Asher-Smith is the European champion and world leader at 100m, 200m and 4x100m. She also has silver medals in the 100m race from the Diamond League final and Continental Cup. She is also a Commonwealth Games 4x100m gold medallist and a bronze medallist in 200m. Ibarguen is Continental Cup title holder as well as Diamond League champion and Central American and Caribbean champion at both long jump and triple jump. She holds the world lead and was unbeaten in eight finals in triple jump.
Miller-Uibo had a season to behold with and unbeaten across five events in 15 races (13 finals and 2 preliminaries), including a 200m/4x100m double at the IAAF Continental Cup. She clocked a world lead and racked up three wins at 400m with the world’s fastest time since 2009. She is the Commonwealth Games and IAAF Diamond League champion at 200m and possesses world bests at indoor 300m and 150m straight.
Thiam’s credential’s of a European title, world lead and an unbeaten at heptathlon puts her in the race for the coveted title. She is the world number three at high jump.
The male and female World Athletes of the Year will be announced live on stage at the IAAF Athletics Awards 2018 on December 4 in Monaco.
The IAAF Council and the IAAF Family cast their votes by email while fans voted online via the IAAF’s social media platforms. The Council’s vote counted for 50% of the result, while the Family’s votes and the public votes each counted for 25% of the final result. Voting closed on November 12. The male finalists will be announced today.
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