Ethiopia’s Tigist Assefa Among Six Named World Athletes of the Year for 2023

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Ethiopia’s Tigist Assefa Among Six Named World Athletes of the Year for 2023
Tigist Assefa from Ethiopia after setting new women's world record at 2023 BMW Berlin-Marathon

World Athletics announced Monday Tigist Assefa as World Athletes of the Year for 2023.

Mondo Duplantis, Kelvin Kiptum, Faith Kipyegon, Noah Lyles and Yulimar Rojas are also in the list by World Athletics.

The world champions and world record-breakers were the final winners in the list.

The process of World Athlete of the Year honors awarded this year follows feedback received during the voting. And compiling the votes encompassed comments from athletes, fans and World Athletics Family members.  

Tigist Assefa set world record in her event in 2023, her moment of the year being at the BMW Berlin Marathon in September, when the Ethiopian 27-year-old ran 2:11:53, smashing the world record by two minutes and 14 seconds and achieving the biggest single improvement on the mark for 40 years.

Tigist finished almost six minutes ahead of her nearest rival after clocking 1:06:20 for the first half and an even faster 1:05:33 for the second half – a time that just seven women have beaten this year in a standalone half marathon, according to World Athletics.

 

 

 


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