Finalists for the 2023 World Athletics Athlete of the Year Trophy

Posted by: Watch Athletics

The shortlist of five male and five female finalists for the 2023 World Athlete of the Year award has been announced, as anticipation builds for the upcoming World Athletics Awards. These ten athletes have delivered outstanding performances throughout the 2023 athletics season, showcasing their talents in various disciplines. Their achievements include winning titles and setting new world records at major events such as the World Athletics Championships Budapest 23, various one-day meets, Label road races, and other global competitions.


Tigist Assefa, ETH, marathon
· Berlin marathon winner
· World marathon record

Femke Bol, NED, 400m/400m hurdles
· World 400m hurdles champion
· World indoor 400m record

Shericka Jackson, JAM, 100m/200m
· World 200m champion and 100m silver medallist
· Diamond League 100m and 200m champion

Faith Kipyegon, KEN, 1500m/mile/5000m
· World 1500m and 5000m champion
· World records at 1500m, mile and 5000m

Yulimar Rojas, VEN, triple jump
· World champion
· Diamond league champion

Neeraj Chopra, IND, javelin
· World champion
· Asian Games champion

Ryan Crouser, USA, shot put
· World champion
· World record

Mondo Duplantis, SWE, pole vault
· World champion
· Diamond League champion with world record

Kelvin Kiptum, KEN, marathon
· London and Chicago Marathon winner
· Marathon world record breaker

Noah Lyles, USA, 100m/200m
· World 100m and 200m champion
· World leader and undefeated in six finals at 200m

2023 World Athletes of the Year Selection Process

The selection of finalists was through a tripartite voting system.

Votes were collected via email from the World Athletics Council and the World Athletics Family. Additionally, fans participated by voting online through World Athletics' social media channels, where an unprecedented 2 million votes were tallied. The voting period concluded on October 28.

The announcement of the World Athletes of the Year will take place on December 11 on World Athletics’ digital platforms, as a highlight of the World Athletics Awards 2023.

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