Elaine Thompson Herah Wins The Female World Athlete Of The Year Award At The World Athletics Awards

Thompson-Herah stormed to victory in the women's 100m at Tokyo 2020, setting a new Olympic record of 10.61 seconds. She then earned gold in a fiercely-contested 200m race, becoming the first female athlete to successfully defend her Olympic title across both sprint distances.

Elaine Thompson Herah Wins The Female World Athlete Of The Year Award At The World Athletics Awards

Thompson-Herah capped off her Olympic campaign with a gold medal in the 4x100m relay. She did not stop there, however, lowering her personal best in her first post-Olympic race to 10.54 seconds.

Despite her remarkable year, the 29-year-old revealed she had more to give. She suggested she could break the 100m world record of 10.49, telling World Athletics President Seb Coe: "Anything is possible."

Thompson-Herah was up against four other nominees, including Sifan Hassan. The Dutch distance runner made history in Tokyo, winning gold in the 5,000m and 10,000m events, as well as bronze in the 1,500m.

Hassan became the first ever athlete to medal in all three of these events at the same Games.