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Bolt, Thompson make final of IAAF Athlete of the Year

Jamaica’s Olympic sprint double champions Usain Bolt and Elaine Thompson are among the three finalists for the IAAF male and female athlete of the year award.

Bolt is joined by Great Britain’s double gold medalist Mo Farah and South Africa’s 400m world record holder Wayde van Niekerk. Bolt is a six time winner of the award but it will be the first nomination for Thompsonm who equaled Jamaica’s national record of 10.70 in the 100 meter.

She will go up against Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana and Poland’s hammer thrower Anita Wlodarczy.

The finalists were determined by a three-way voting process. The IAAF council’s vote counted for 50 per cent of the result, the IAAF family’s vote counted for 25 per cent and a public vote, conducted via social media counted for 25 per cent of the final result.

The world athletes of the year will be announced live on stage at the IAAF Athletics Awards on December 2nd.

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Jade Webster

Jade Webster

Jade Webster has rejoined the Cayman 27 Team as Sports Reporter/ Producer in August 2016. Jade has a background in News and has developed a passion for Sports while covering international Games. Jade was one of 35 Young Reporters selected worldwide to be apart of the Young Reporters Programme by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at the Second Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. She was awarded the 'Best IOC Young Reporter', and went on to cover the Second Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lilehammer, Norway. Jade was also selected as a Young Reporter in 2015 to cover the Toronto Pan American Games, where she was awarded a Hockey Stick for her hard-work and dedication. Jade was the Press Officer for the Cayman Islands Olympic Committee at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janerio, Brazil. She graduated with honors in Broadcast Journalism from the University of South Florida

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