Women’s Sports: Dalilah Muhammad named Female Athlete of the Year


American 400m hurdles world record holder, Dalilah Muhammad claimed female athlete of the year at the annual World Athletics awards ceremony in Monaco on Saturday.

Muhammad, 29, made history this year taking World Championship 400m hurdles gold in Doha and breaking the world record twice. In claiming the world title, Muhammad revised her own world record down to 52.16 and was also part of the gold medal-winning 4x400m quartet. 

The 2016 Rio Olympic Champion, scooped the prize ahead of Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce, Sifan Hasan, Brigid Kosgei and Yulimar Rojas to become the first 400m hurdles athlete to win the Female Athlete of the Year award since Sally Gunnel in 1993.

Notable winners include:

Ukraine’s Yaroslava Mahuchikh won Female Rising Star of the Year to cap off a stellar season. Mahuchikh became the European Under-20 high jump champion and cleared 2.04m in Doha to claim the silver medal while breaking the Under-20 women’s high jump record. 

Woman of the Year was awarded to Ethiopia's Derartu Tulu, for her contribution to the sport on and off the track. Tulu was recognised for her role as acting president of the Ethiopian Athletics Federation and for her achievements in sport including becoming the 10,000m Olympic Champion in Barcelona 1992 and Sydney 2000.

Vikki Orvice was awarded the World Athletics President’s Award. The late British Athletics journalist was recognised as a trailblazer for her work in a male-dominated industry.

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