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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.