Bahrain's Jebet in frame to be named World Athlete of the Year

Teenager Ruth Jebet, who was born in Kenya and runs for Bahrain, won gold in Rio, smashed world record in Paris
Bahrain's Jebet in frame to be named World Athlete of the Year
Ruth Jebet of Bahrain. (Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
By Staff writer
Sat 22 Oct 2016 01:58 AM

Bahrain's Olympic champion Ruth Jebet has been named among the 10 female athletes in the frame for the World Athletes of the Year title.

The 19-year-old, who was born in Kenya and runs for Bahrain, smashed the world record for the women's 3,000 metres steeplechase by more than six seconds at the Paris Diamond League meeting in August.

Jebet narrowly missed out on the world record when she won Bahrain's first-ever Olympic gold medal in Rio de Janeiro.

The IAAF said its awards night will be held in Monaco on Friday December 2 when the top male and female athletes will be announced.

Jebet will be up against Almaz Ayana, Ruth Beitia, Vivian Cheruiyot, Kendra Harrison, Caterine Ibarguen, Sandra Perkovic, Caster Semenya, Elaine Thompson and Anita Wlodarczyk.

The men's category includes Usain Bolt, Thiago Braz da Silva, Ashton Eaton, Mo Farah, Eliud Kipchoge, Conselsus Kipruto, Omar McLeod, David Rudisha, Christian Taylor and Wayde van Niekerk.

Voting closes on November 1 and three men and three women finalists will be announced by the IAAF.

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