Shericka and Sha’Carri in contention for Fair Play Award

Photo of Richardson and Jackson

Shericka Jackson from Jamaica and Sha’Carri Richardson from the USA have both been nominated for the World Athletics International Fair Play Award, along with four other athletes. This nomination stems from the touching moment they shared when they embraced each other following their respective gold and bronze medal performances in the women’s 200m final at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest on August 25.

During the race, Jackson delivered an exceptional performance, securing the world 200 meters title with a remarkable time of 21.41 seconds, making it the second-fastest time ever recorded. This time not only represented an improvement from her previous best of 21.45 but also brought her closer to Florence Griffith-Joyner’s world record of 21.34 set during the 1988 Olympics.

Gabby Thomas, who entered the Budapest competition as the year’s fastest sprinter with a time of 21.60, claimed the silver medal with a time of 21.81. Meanwhile, Richardson earned the bronze with a personal best time of 21.92, running in the same lane where she had previously won gold in the 100m.

Fans can participate in voting for the winner, with the voting process taking place on World Athletics’ social media platforms. These fan votes will be combined with those from the panel of judges to select three finalists for the Fair Play Award, and the announcement of the finalists is scheduled for November 7, 2023, in Monaco.

Upon receiving nominations from fans and considering feedback from both the International Fair Play Committee (CIFP) and World Athletics, a panel was convened to curate a list of noteworthy moments. Out of the six remarkable moments in this selection, the three previously mentioned have now been formally recognized as the finalists.

The ultimate winner will be revealed during the World Athletics Awards ceremony in Monaco on December 11. Additionally, here are the other five moments nominated for the award:

  1. Daniel Ebenyo: During the final stages of the men’s half marathon at the World Athletics Road Running Championships in Riga 23, Daniel Ebenyo from Kenya saluted his teammate Sebastian Sawe as Sawe overtook him to win the gold.
  2. Letesenbet Gidey: Following her silver medal win in the women’s 10,000m at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest 23, Letesenbet Gidey from Ethiopia provided comfort to Netherlands’ Sifan Hassan after Hassan’s dramatic fall on the home straight.
  3. Sifan Hassan: Despite her fall while leading the 10,000m final at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest 23, Sifan Hassan from the Netherlands showed grace in defeat and went on to secure the silver in the 5000m and bronze in the 1500m.
  4. Nina Kennedy and Katie Moon: In a closely contested battle, Australia’s Nina Kennedy and the USA’s Katie Moon decided to share the gold in the pole vault at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest 23 when their attempts at 4.95m couldn’t differentiate between them.
  5. Jessica Warner-Judd: After finishing in eighth place in the 10,000m final at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest 23, Jessica Warner-Judd from Britain displayed sportsmanship by waiting and shaking hands with the last-placed runner, who had finished the event well behind the rest of the field.


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