World Athletics announces Athlete of the Year nominees

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Americans Sydney McLaughlin-LevroneChase EaleyNoah Lyles and Grant Holloway are among the 10 women’s and 10 men’s nominees for World Athletics Athlete of the Year awards.

A three-way voting process will determine the five women’s and five men’s finalists: World Athletics Council (50%), World Athletics family (25%) and a fan vote (25%) via Facebook, Instagram and YouTube likes and Twitter retweets on the post for the specified athlete.

Voting closes at the end of Oct. 31. After the finalists are named, the winners will be announced in early December.

Jamaican Elaine Thompson-Herah and Norwegian Karsten Warholm won the awards last year. The last Americans to win were Dalilah Muhammad (2019) and Ashton Eaton (2015).

Female Athlete of the Year Nominees
Tobi Amusan
, Nigeria, 100m Hurdles
Broke world record in World Championships semifinals, then won the world title two hours later

Chase Ealey, USA, Shot Put
World Championships and Diamond League titles, plus had the Nos. 2-5 throws in American history

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Jamaica, 100m
World Championships and Diamond League titles, plus ran a record seven sub-10.70 races in one year (at age 35)

Kimberly Garcia, Peru, Race Walk
World titles in 20km, 35km events

Shericka Jackson, Jamaica, 200m
World Championships and Diamond League titles, plus the second-fastest time in history

Faith Kipyegon, Kenya, 1500m
World Championships and Diamond League titles, plus the second-fastest time in history

Yaroslava Mahuchikh, Ukraine, High Jump
World Indoor Champion, World Outdoor silver medalist, equaled national record clearance

Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone, USA, 400m Hurdles
Broke world record twice, lowering it from 51.46 to 50.68, won world titles in 400m hurdles, 4x400m relay (seventh-fastest relay performer in history)

Shaunae Miller-Uibo, Bahamas, 400m
World Indoor and Outdoor titles

Yulimar Rojas, Venezuela, Triple Jump
World Indoor and Outdoor Championships and Diamond League titles, plus broke her own indoor (and overall) world record

Male Athlete of the Year Nominees
Kristjan Ceh
, Slovenia, Discus
World Championships and Diamond League titles, plus threw a national record

Alison dos Santos, Brazil, 400m Hurdles
World Championships and Diamond League titles, plus ran the third-fastest time in history

Mondo Duplantis, Sweden, Pole Vault
World Indoor and Outdoor Championships and Diamond League titles, plus improved his world record three times

Soufiane El Bakkali, Morocco, 3000m Steeplechase
World Championships and Diamond League titles, plus went undefeated in 2022

Grant Holloway, USA, 110m Hurdles
World Indoor and Outdoor Championships and Diamond League titles

Jakob Ingebrigtsen, Norway, 1500m/5000m
World Outdoor 5000m champion, World 1500m silver medalist (indoors and outdoors), ran world’s fastest mile in 21 years

Eliud Kipchoge, Kenya, Marathon
Lowered his world record from 2:01:39 to 2:01:09, won Berlin and Tokyo Marathons

Noah Lyles, USA, 200m
World Championships and Diamond League titles, plus broke Michael Johnson‘s American record to become third-fastest man in history

Anderson Peters, Grenada, Javelin
World title, plus became fifth-best performer in history

Pedro Pichardo, Portugal, Triple Jump
World Outdoor champion, World Indoor silver medalist

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Jessie Diggins ties U.S. record for World Cup cross-country skiing wins

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Jessie Diggins tied Kikkan Randall‘s U.S. record with her 13th career individual cross-country skiing World Cup victory, taking a 10km freestyle in Lillehammer, Norway, on Friday.

Diggins, the most decorated U.S. Olympic cross-country skier with a medal of every color, prevailed by 3.8 seconds over German Katharina Hennig in the interval start event. Diggins trailed Hennig by one second at the 8.2-kilometer split, then made up 4.8 seconds over the final four minutes of the course.

“My fitness and brain were in a really good place,” Diggins said, according to U.S. Ski and Snowboard. “When I asked my body to go deep into the pain cave, it responded.”

Diggins tied the record of Randall, who in 2007 became the first U.S. woman to win a World Cup cross-country skiing race and ended her career by teaming with Diggins to win the first U.S. Olympic cross-country skiing title at the 2018 PyeongChang Games. (Another skier, Alison Owen-Spencer, won a race in 1978 that U.S. Ski and Snowboard counts as a World Cup, but the International Ski Federation does not.)

Diggins opened this World Cup season last weekend in Ruka, Finland, with a best finish of 10th among three races. She trended up each day, finishing that stop with the second-fastest time in last Sunday’s individual pursuit (where she started 19th).

Diggins, 31, has spread out her goals this season. One of the biggest is helping the U.S. win a relay medal for the first time at the world championships in three months. Diggins has been a part of relays that finished fourth at four different worlds.

She also eyes the World Cup overall title, the biggest annual prize in the sport that goes to the best all-around skier for the season. In 2020-21, Diggins became the second American — and first American woman — to win the overall in a season where Norway’s top skiers, including superstar Therese Johaug, skipped early season races and chances to gain points for the overall title.

Johaug retired after winning three individual golds at last February’s Olympics. Diggins is the top returning skier given the absence of reigning overall champ Natalya Nepryayeva, who cannot compete due to the ban on Russian athletes for the war in Ukraine.

The World Cup season continues with a freestyle sprint on Saturday and a classic 20km mass start on Sunday in Lillehammer.

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Katie Ledecky out-touches new rival at swimming’s U.S. Open, extends streak

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It was a rare sight: Katie Ledecky being matched stroke for stroke in a distance race in an American pool. She was up for the challenge.

Ledecky out-touched emerging 16-year-old Canadian Summer McIntosh by eight hundredths of a second in the 400m freestyle at the U.S. Open in Greensboro, N.C., on Thursday night.

Ledecky and McIntosh were tied at the 300-meter mark. Ledecky ended up clocking 3:59.71 to McIntosh’s 3:59.79 to extend a decade-long win streak in freestyle races of 400 meters or longer in U.S. pools.

“I know we’ll have a lot more races ahead of us,” Ledecky said on Peacock. “We bring the best out of each other.”

The U.S. Open continues Friday with live finals coverage on Peacock at 6 p.m. ET.

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At the Tokyo Olympics, McIntosh placed fourth in the 400m free at age 14.

She accelerated this year, taking silver behind Ledecky at the world championships and silver behind Tokyo gold medalist Ariarne Titmus of Australia at the Commonwealth Games.

Then in October, McIntosh outdueled Ledecky in a 400m free — also by eight hundredths — in a short-course, 25-meter pool at a FINA World Cup meet in Toronto. Long-course meets like the Olympics and the U.S. Open are held in 50-meter pools.

McIntosh also won world titles in the 200m butterfly and 400m individual medley, becoming the youngest individual world champion since 2011.

A potential showdown among Ledecky, Titmus and McIntosh at the 2024 Paris Games is already being compared to the “Race of the Century,” the 2004 Olympic men’s 200m free where Australian Ian Thorpe edged Dutchman Pieter van den Hoogenband and Michael Phelps.

In other events Thursday, Regan Smith, an Olympic and world medalist in the backstroke and butterfly, won a 200m individual medley in a personal best 2:10.40, a time that would have placed fifth at June’s world championships. She beat 16-year-old Leah Hayes, who took bronze in the event at worlds.

Olympic 400m IM champ Chase Kalisz won the men’s 200m IM in 1:56.52, his best time ever outside of major summer meets. Frenchman Léon Marchand won the world title in 1:55.22 in June, when Kalisz was fourth.

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