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IAAF Female Athletes of the Year Finalists
  • November 15th, 2009

2009 World Athlete of the Year

The other day we had an article on IAAF Male Athletes of the Year Finalists, and now we’re focusing on the women.

Five women athletes are in the run for 2009 World Athlete of the Year.

The winners of the 2009 World Athlete of the Year Awards will be announced live, on stage, during the 2009 World Athletics Gala, which will take place in Monaco, on 22 November 2009.

The five finalist for the women’s category are as follows:


Yelena Isinbayeva

27 years old

Yelena Isinbayeva

Yelena Isinbayeva

  • Set a World outdoor record 5.06m in Zürich
  • Set a World Indoor record 5.00m in Donetsk
  • Has won her second share of the ÅF Golden League Jackpot
  • Has set the four highest marks in the world in 2009
  • Has won 12 out 14 competitions (indoors and outdoors) in 2009

Sanya Richards

24 years old

Sanya Richards

Sanya Richards

  • Finally struck 400m gold in Berlin and anchored the US 4×400m t
  • a second gold medal
  • Has won her third share of the ÅF Golden League Jackpot
  • Won the World Athletics Final 400m in 49.95
  • Has set the 4 fastest times in the world in 2009
  • Has won 10 out of 11 competitions in 2009

Valerie Vili

25 years old

Valerie Vili

Valerie Vili

  • Won the Shot Put gold medal at the Berlin World Championships
  • Has improved the Oceania record twice and broken 21 metres for the first time
  • Has set 9 of the ten farthest throws in the world in 2009 and the best in five years
  • Won the World Athletics Final in a competition record 21.07m
  • Has remained undefeated throughout 2009

Blanka Vlasic

26 years old

Blanka Vlasic

Blanka Vlasic

  • Won the High Jump gold medal at the Berlin World Championships
  • Has become the sole second all-time outdoor performer at 2.08m
  • Has cleared the highest bar outdoors in 22 years!
  • Has jumped 14 times over 2 metres and 8 times over 2.03m
  • Has won 19 out of 23 competitions (indoors and outdoors) in 2009

Anita Wlodarczyk

24 years old

Anita Wlodarczyk

Anita Wlodarczyk

  • Won the Hammer Throw gold medal at the Berlin World Championships
  • Set a 77.96m World record in Berlin
  • Has set the tw
  • farthest throws in the world in 2009
  • Has thrown 9 times over 75 metres
  • Has won 12 out of 14 competitions in 2009

info via IAAF

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