Thompson-Herah beaten by triple jumper for female athlete of the year

Jamaican Elaine Thompson-Herah failed in her bid to be named the top female athlete of the world by World Athletics yesterday.

Jamaican sprinter Elaine Thompson-Herah

She was beaten by Venezuelan triple jumper Yulimar Rojas, the 25-year-old who leapt to a world record in the indoor version of the event.

Rojas competed sparingly in a year that was characterized by far fewer events due to the coronavirus pandemic, but made each outing count. She broke the 16-year-old world indoor record in the triple jump with a 15.43 distance in February. She was also the world leader in the outdoor event.

World indoor triple jump world record holder Yulimar Rojas (Photo: Olympic Channel)

The other nominees for the title were fellow world-record breakers Ethiopian Letesenbet Gidey (5000m), Dutchwoman Sifan Hassan (hour run) and Kenyan Peres Jepchirchir (half marathon, women only).

Swedish pole vaulter Mondo Duplantis took the male equivalent after setting world records in the indoor event (6.18 metres) in February and outdoors (6.15 metres) in September.