Outstanding Chespol shortlisted for IAAF award

World Under-20 3,000m Steeplechase champion Cellphine Chespol has been nominated for the 2018 Female Rising Star Award. Chespol not only defended her title at the 2018 World Under-20 Championships held in Tampere, Finland but did it in style as she smashed the Championships Record (CR) after clocking 9:12.79, shaving off 13 seconds from her previous record of  9:25.15. She also entered history books by becoming one of a select group of athletes to defend the Under-20 title she won at the 2016 Championships held in Bydgoszcz, Poland. Alongside that, Chespol was once again the woman to beat as she secured a gold medal at the African Cross Country Championships after clocking 35:10 in the senior category (10km) race. Furthermore, the 19-year- old managed to bag silver medals both at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and African Championships held in Asaba, Nigeria. The 2015 World Under-18 2000m Steeplechase champion will however battle it out with other four contestants for the annual award including the Ethiopian duo of Meseret Belete and Meskerem Mamo. Joining them are sprinters Sydney McLaughlin of USA and Jamaica’s Briana Williams. The winner will be announced live on stage at the IAAF Athletics Awards 2018 in Monaco, France on December 4. Full list of nominees: Meseret Belete (ETH) – World U20 best at half marathon with 1:07:51 – Sixth and team gold at IAAF World Half Marathon Championships Valencia 2018 – Gothenburg Half Marathon winner Celliphine Chespol (KEN) – World U20 champion and world U20 lead at steeplechase with 9:01.82 – African (senior) cross-country champion – Steeplechase silvers at Commonwealth Games and African Championships Meskerem Mamo (ETH) – World U20 leads at 3000m and 5000m with 8:33.63 and 15:05.21 – Bronze in 5000m at African Championships Sydney McLaughlin (USA) – Two world U20 bests or records at both 400m hurdles and indoor 400m with 52.75 and 50.36 respectively – World (senior) lead at 400m hurdles with 52.75 – US collegiate champion at 400m hurdles Briana Williams (JAM) – World U20 champion at both 100m and 200m – Carifta Games U17 champion at both sprints and 4x100m

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