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IAAF names finalists for world female athlete of the year

Published:Tuesday | November 17, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Genzebe Dibaba, Dafne Schippers and Anita Wlodarczyk are the three women’s finalists for the 2015 IAAF World Athlete of the Year award.

Dibaba - Ethiopia:
- Won the 1500m title at the IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015, having broken the world record in the event one month earlier with her time of 3:50.07 in Monaco.
- The Ethiopian also set a world indoor 5000m record of 14:18.86 and took the bronze medal at that distance at the World Championships.

Schippers - The Netherlands:
- Clocked a European and championship record of 21.63 to win the 200m title in Beijing to go alongside the silver medal she took in the 100m where she set a Dutch record of 10.81.
- Earlier in the year, she set a world-leading mark of 7.05 over 60m.

Wlodarczyk - Poland:
- Was utterly dominant this season in the hammer.
- The Pole won all 11 of her competitions, including the IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015.
- The first woman to throw beyond 80 metres, setting a world record of 81.08m in Cetniewo in August.

Last month the IAAF family was asked to select nine men and nine women from each of the following categories: sprints, hurdles, middle and long distance, road running, race walking, jumps, throws, combined events and multi-terrain.

The top-voted athletes in each category formed the long list, from which an international panel of 10 experts selected the three finalists. The men’s finalists will be announced tomorrow.