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Caster Semenya Nominated For IAAF Female World Athlete Of The Year Accolade

Track queen Caster Semenya has made it onto the short-list of 10 nominees for the IAAF Female World Athlete of the Year award.

The nominee list which was announced on Monday, sees Semenya nominated for the second consecutive year and will be looking to make the short-list of five athletes following a three-way voting process which closes on November 12. She missed out on the three-women shortlist last year.

South Africa’s double Olympic gold medalist will go up against a host of global female superstars including Colombian horizontal jumps specialist Caterine Ibarguen, Kenyan steeplechaser Beatrice Chepkoech and Bahamian sprinter Shaunae Miller-Uibo.

Semenya racked up a number of accolades this year on the track field, winning the 800-1500m double gold at the Commonwealth Games, the 400-800m double at the African Championships, the 800m Diamond Trophy and the Continental Cup title in her specialist two-lap event.

Should Semenya clinch the prestigious award, she will follow in the footsteps of former world high jump champion Hestrie Cloete, who won the coveted accolade in 2003.

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