Kenya Misses Out as Duplantis, Rojas Declared World’s Finest


Pole vaulter Mondo Duplantis of Sweden and Venezuelan triple jumper Yulimar Rojas were Saturday declared the male and female World Athletics athletes of the year 2020 respectively as Kenyan athletes missed out.

Peres Jepchirchir from Kenya, who recaptured the world half marathon title besides breaking the half marathon world record twice, lost the battle to Rojas, who also broke the triple jump world record twice.

Jepchirchir twice broke the world half marathon record for a women-only race, winning the Prague Half Marathon on September 5 in 1:05:34 and at the World Half Marathon Championships on October 17 in 1:05:16.

Jepchirchir and Rojas made the final list of five athletes from a pool of 10 nominees for the female top award.

Others were Letesenbet Gidey (Ethiopia), Elaine Thompson-Herah (Jamaica) and Sifan Hassan (Netherlands).

Athletics Kenya missed out on the newly introduced Federation of the Year Award where Polish Athletics Association won the category.

The Polish federation successfully delivered much of the country’s competitive calendar in spite of the pandemic, including staging three World Athletics Continental Tour competitions, two in Chorzow and one in Bydgoszcz.

Together with the Local Organising Committee and local authorities, the federation was instrumental in helping to deliver a safe and successful World Athletics Half Marathon Championships in Gdynia.

Kenya delivered a hugely successful Kip Keino Classic, one of the events in the 2020 World Athletics Continental Tour.

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