Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce up for prestigious Laureus Sportswoman of the Year award

By January 16, 2020

Four-time 100-metre world champion Shelly-Ann Fraser is among six women nominated for the prestigious Laureus Sportswoman of the Year.

This is her fourth call, having been nominated in 2010, 2013 and 2016. She has never won the award.

The Jamaican, who celebrated her 33rd birthday in December, blazed to 2019 world-leading 10.71 in winning an unprecedented world title in Doha last September.

At 32, she was also the oldest woman to win a 100m title at the championships that began in Helsinki in 1983. She won her previous 100m world titles in 2009, 2013, and 2015.

However, for all her groundbreaking achievements on the track in 2019, Fraser-Pryce, who will be gunning for an unprecedented third Olympic 100m title in Tokyo later this year, is not favoured to win the Laureus Award.

Tennis star Naomi Osaka leads he female nominees having won the Australian Open last January.

It meant she became the first woman to win consecutive Grand Slam singles titles since Serena Williams in 2015 and she finished the year strongly with victories in the Pan Pacific Open and the China Open.

Also among the nominees are outstanding US gymnast Simone Biles, Allyson Felix, Megan Rapinoe (USA), and skier Mikaela Shiffrin.

Rafael Nadal leads the male nominees that also include Lewis Hamilton, Eliud Kipchoge, Marc Marquez, Lionel Messi and Tiger Woods.

 

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