by Jodee Brown
As expected, two time Olympic 100m gold medalist and Jamaican sprinting queen, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has been named as one of three finalists for the prestigious IAAF World Female Athlete of the Yearaward, set to be handed out later this month in Monaco.
Fraser-Pryce will contend against world champion New Zealand shot-putter, Valerie Adams and Zuzana Hejnova, the reigning 400m hurdles world champion from the Czech Republic. Fraser-Pryce was nominated for the World Athlete of the Year honor after winning gold in both the 100m and 200m at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow this past summer. She also anchored Jamaica’s dominant victory in the women’s 4 by 100m relay at the same event and is the winningest female runner on the track circuit this year.
Should Fraser-Pryce walk away with the distinguished honor, she will be the first Jamaican runner to win it since the legendary Merlene Ottey copped the award in 1990.
Fraser-Pryce’s compatriot and fellow Olympic gold medalist, Usain Bolt faces off against elite British long-distance runner, Mohamed Farah and Ukranian high jumper, Bohdan Bondarenko for the men’s version of the Athlete of the Year honor.
The winners for both awards will be announced at a ceremony on November 16.