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Faith Kipyegon, Kelvin Kiptum shine in diversified World Athletics Awards for 2023

Posted : 12 December 2023

In a departure from the traditional singular male and female awards, world-record pole vaulter Armand Duplantis emerged as one of the six World Athletes of the Year for 2023. The World Athletics Awards, responding to the year's 23 world records, introduced awards across six categories, divided into three event types for both men and women: track, field, and out of stadia. Duplantis, a two-time Athlete of the Year in 2020 and 2022, clinched the inaugural men's field award, having broken the world record twice and successfully defended his world title during the year.


Maailma kergejõustikuliit andis aasta sportlase tiitli kuuele atleedile -  Delfi Sport


The prestigious awards also recognized outstanding achievements by other athletes. Ethiopian Tigist Assefa, 27, secured the women's out of stadia trophy for her remarkable victory at the Berlin marathon, marking the most substantial single improvement in the women's world record in 40 years. Faith Kipyegon, a 29-year-old Kenyan, claimed the women's track award, setting world records at three distances and achieving a golden double at the World Athletics Championships.


Faith Kipyegon Wins 2023 World Athletics Women's World Athlete of the Year  Award for Track Events


In the field category, Yulimar Rojas, a 28-year-old Venezuelan, received the women's field award, having secured her fourth world triple jump title and her third consecutive Diamond League trophy. American sprinter Noah Lyles, 26, clinched the men's track award, triumphing in the 100m-200m double at the World Championships and adding a 4x100m gold to his accolades.


Lyles and Kipyegon named track athletes of the year - The Japan Times


 Lastly, Kelvin Kiptum, a 24-year-old Kenyan, earned the men's out of stadia award for becoming the first athlete to break two hours one minute in a record-eligible marathon in Chicago. The expanded recognition across various disciplines reflects the depth of talent and outstanding performances in athletics throughout 2023.


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