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Kosgei among 11 nominees for female athlete of the year

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Kosgei among 11 nominees for female athlete of the year
Athletics - Chicago Marathon - Chicago, Illinois, United States - October 13, 2019 Kenya's Brigid Kosgei reacts after winning the women's marathon setting a new world record REUTERS/Mike Segar   -   Copyright  MIKE SEGAR(Reuters)
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(Reuters) – Kenya’s marathon world record holder Brigid Kosgei was one of 11 nominees for the IAAF female athlete of the year, athletics’ governing body announced on Tuesday.

The 25-year-old Kosgei finished the Chicago Marathon in two hours, 14 minutes and four seconds on Sunday to shatter Paula Radcliffe’s 16-year-old world record of 2:15:25, which the Briton had set in London.

American Dalilah Muhammad, who earlier this month broke her own world record to win the women’s 400 metres hurdles title at the world championships with a time of 52.16 seconds, was also nominated for the global honour.

Muhammad, 29, the 2016 Olympic champion, crossed the finish line 0.04 seconds faster than her previous world record which was set in July.

Other world champions included were Kenya’s Beatrice Chepkoech (3000 metres steeplechase) and Hellen Obiri (5,000 metres), Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (100m and 4×100m) and Briton Katarina Johnson-Thompson (heptathlon).

Sifan Hassan, Mariya Lasitskene, Malaika Mihambo, Salwa Eid Naser and Yulimar Rojas completed the list.

A three-way voting process will determine the finalists, with fans eligible to vote online on the IAAF’s social media platforms up to Nov. 5.

The male nominees were announced on Monday.

Athletes of the year will be announced at the World Athletics Awards in November.

(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Radnedge)

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