FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR 2018 Male and Female Rising Star Awards

With just three weeks to go until the IAAF Athletics Awards 2018, the IAAF is delighted to announce the five finalists for the 2018 Male & Female Rising Star Award to recognise this year's best U20 athlete.

The winner will be announced live on stage at the IAAF Athletics Awards 2018 in Monaco on Tuesday 4 December.

The Male nominees are:

Selemon Barega (ETH)
- IAAF Diamond League champion at 5000m with a world U20 record of 12:43.02, the world’s quickest time since 2005
- World indoor silver at 3000m
- Fourth at World U20 and African Championships 5000m

Jordan Diaz (CUB)
- World U20 lead at triple jump with 17.41m, a world U18 best
- World U20, Youth Olympic and (senior) North/Central American & Caribbean champion
- Central American & Caribbean Games silver

Armand Duplantis (SWE)
- European (senior) champion at pole vault with a world-leading height of 6.05m, which has been bettered outdoors only by Sergey Bukba
- World U20 champion
- Eight world U20 records or bests, indoors and out

Jakob Ingebrigtsen (NOR)
- European (senior) champion at 1500m and 5000m
- World U20 lead at 1500m with 3:31.18
- World U20 silver at 1500m and bronze at 5000m

Rhonex Kipruto (KEN)
- World U20 champion and world U20 lead at 10,000m with 27:21.08
- Two world U20 bests and world senior lead at road 10km with 26:46, just two seconds outside the senior world record
- African junior cross-country champion


2018 Male Rising Star nominees (Getty Images)

The Female nominees are:

Meseret Belete (ETH)
- World U20 best at half marathon with 1:07:51
- Sixth and team gold at IAAF World Half Marathon Championships Valencia 2018
- Gothenburg Half Marathon winner

Celliphine Chespol (KEN)
- World U20 champion and world U20 lead at steeplechase with 9:01.82
- African (senior) cross-country champion
- Steeplechase silvers at Commonwealth Games and African Championships

Meskerem Mamo (ETH)
- World U20 leads at 3000m and 5000m with 8:33.63 and 15:05.21
- Bronze in 5000m at African Championships

Sydney McLaughlin (USA)
- Two world U20 bests or records at both 400m hurdles and indoor 400m with 52.75 and 50.36i respectively
- World (senior) lead at 400m hurdles with 52.75
- US collegiate champion at 400m hurdles

Briana Williams (JAM)
- World U20 champion at both 100m and 200m
- Carifta Games U17 champion at both sprints and 4x100m

2018 Female Rising Star nominees (Jean-Pierre Durand / Getty Images / AFP / Kirby Lee)

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