The World 5000m record-breaker, Ethiopian athlete Letesenbet Gidey has been voted as the third best international female athlete of the year (2020) by Athletics Weekly magazine readers.

With votes counted, the magazine reveals that Mondo Duplantis & Jemma Reekie becomes winners of the 2020 Athletics Weekly Awards, with its readers responding in fine style when it came to selecting the athletes they believe to have performed with distinction over the past 12 months.

While this may have been a year of major disruption, there were still many great performances to celebrate.

AW Awards results

International Male Athlete

1 Mondo Duplantis
2 Karsten Warholm
3 Joshua Cheptegei

Sweden’s 20-year-old Mondo Duplantis has dominated the pole vault both indoors and out this year, breaking the world record by clearing 6.18m in Glasgow one week after he had entered the history books with 6.17m.

He also managed to break the outdoor record of 6.15m at the Diamond League meeting in Rome in September and wins the international male award ahead of 400m hurdles ace Karsten Warholm and multiple world record-breaker Joshua Cheptegei.

International Female Athlete

1 Sifan Hassan
2 Brigid Kosgei
3 Letesenbet Gidey

Netherlands’ double world champion Sifan Hassan smashed Dire Tune’s world one-hour record by covering 18,930m on the track at the Van Damme Memorial meeting in Brussels in September before she ran 29:36.67 in the rain to break Paula Radcliffe’s European 10,000m record in Hengelo last month.

She takes the international female title ahead of London Marathon winner Brigid Kosgei and world 5000m record-breaker Letesenbet Gidey.

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