2022 Rising Star Award: Five Africans in the race

Three African women are in the running for the title of 2022 Women’s Rising Star Award . They are the Kenyan Jackline Chepkoech (3000 m steeplechase), Faith Cherotich (3000 m steeplechase) and the South African Mine De Klerk (Weight). The other two finalists are Jamaican Kerrica Hill (100m hurdles) and Serbian Adriana Vilagos (javelin).


Among the men, Batswana Letsile Tebogo (100m) and Kenyan Emmanuel Wanyonyi (800m) are among the five finalists selected by World Athletics.


The nominees are:


Anthony Ammirati, FRA
- World U20 pole vault champion
- World’s six best U20 performances of the year
- French Championships bronze medallist

Jaydon Hibbert, JAM
- World U20 triple jump champion
- World’s six best U20 performances of the year
- Jamaican triple jump champion

Erriyon Knighton, USA
- World Championships 200m bronze medallist
- Brussels Diamond League winner
- World U20 200m record

Letsile Tebogo, BOT
- World U20 100m champion
- World U20 200m silver medallist
- World U20 100m record

Emmanuel Wanyonyi, KEN
- World Championships 800m fourth place
- Rabat Diamond League winner
- World’s fastest U20 time


Jackline Chepkoech, KEN
- Commonwealth 3000m steeplechase champion
- Kenyan 3000m steeplechase champion
- Brussels Diamond League winner

Faith Cherotich, KEN
- World U20 3000m steeplechase champion
- Kenyan World U20 Championships Trials champion
- Diamond League Final third place

Mine De Klerk, RSA
- World U20 shot put champion
- World U20 discus throw bronze medallist
- Seven of the world’s top 10 U20 shot put performances

Kerrica Hill, JAM
- World U20 100m hurdles champion
- World U20 4x100m champion
- Fastest U20 100m hurdles time of the year, a world U18 best 

Adriana Vilagos, SRB
- World U20 javelin throw champion
- European javelin throw silver medallist
- World’s 11 best U20 performances of the year

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