Yearender 2021: Thompson-Herah, the queen of the athletics track


In Tokyo, Thompson-Herah produced one of the best sprinting seasons in history this year, retaining their Olympic titles in the 100m and 200m and adding a third gold in the 4x100m relay.

In addition to her Olympic triple, she also recorded times of 10.54 and 21.53 in the 100m and 200m respectively, placing second on the all-time world lists and approaching long-standing world records. as she rightly was. named World Athletics Female Athlete of the Year.

The corresponding honor in the men’s section went to Norway’s Karsten Warholm, who achieved one of the most remarkable performances in athletics history when he won gold in the 400m hurdles at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Having already broken the world record with 46.70 in Oslo ahead of the Games, Warholm exceeded all expectations in the Japanese capital to claim gold with a breathtaking world record of 45.94. In a race of incredible depth, the top three athletes finished inside the pre-2021 world record.

The shared victory in the high jump between Qatari Mutaz Barshim and Italy’s Gianmarco Tamberi has become one of the biggest talking points of the Olympic Games – not only for all that it has represented in their own individual careers, having both struggled with serious injuries since the last Games, but mostly for the act of respect and sportsmanship between two friends as the duo took home the inspiration award.

The year 2021 saw India take giant strides in world athletics with javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra winning the country’s first individual gold medal.

The country had nothing to celebrate when Indian long jumper ace Anju Bobby George was named Woman of the Year at the 2021 Games by World Athletics.

Anju’s efforts to advance the sport in India and inspire more women to follow in her footsteps make her a worthy recipient of this year’s award.

With the Olympics postponed by a year, the World Athletics Championships have also followed suit and as the New Year dawns all eyes will be on the big event which will now be held July 15-24 in Oregon, United States.


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