Who will it be?

December 12, 2015
Elaine Thompson
Shericka Jackson
Jamaica's gold medal winner, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (left) and Veronica Campbell-Brown (right)in the women's 100m final.
Danielle Williams
@Normal:O'Dayne Richards
Olympic 100m and 200m champion Usain Bolt

The Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association will name its male and female Athletes of the Year for 2015 today at the Chinese Benevolent Association starting at 6:30 p.m. Usain Bolt, winner of two gold medals at the World Championships, is the leading contender for the male award.

On the ladies side, the choice is a little harder since Jamaica has two world champions from Beijing, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Danielle Williams.

Bolt won both the 100 metres and 200m in Beijing and finished the year as the fastest man in the world over the longer sprint with his winning World Championships time of 19.55 seconds. In the 100 m, he ended 2015 second fastest at 9.79 seconds.

The other male nominees for the award, hurdler Hansle Parchment and 2014 winner O'Dayne Richards won silver and bronze respectively in Beijing. Parchment was wonderful in the Chinese city and rescued a quiet season with a 13.03 second clocking that made him fifth fastest in 2015 in the 110 metres hurdles.

Richards blasted the shot out to a national record distance of 21.69 metres to win the Pan American Games and to get his bronze in Beijing. He ended the season with the 14th best distance.

Both men made history, as no Jamaican had previously won medals in those events at the World Championships.

Fraser Pryce and Williams head a list that includes 200 m runner-up Elaine Thompson and 400 m bronze medal winner Shericka Jackson.

Gold gives the first two an edge and makes for a careful choice. Analysis of their seasonal performances reveals that while Fraser-Pryce produced the three fastest 100 m times of the year at 10.74, 10.76, and 10.79 seconds, Williams' world winning time of 12.57 seconds was the 23rd fastest 100 metre hurdles time of the campaign.

In addition, while Fraser Pryce's best effort ranks as the joint fourth fastest by a Jamaican, Williams Beijing winner is lodged on the Jamaican all-time list at jointly at 30th position.

Both ladies have other credentials. Williams also won her event at the World University Games and set a personal best of 12.58 seconds in the World Championship semi-finals.

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