Tough pick for People’s Choice Award

November 29, 2019
Tajay Gayle competes in the men’s long jump final at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, on Saturday September 28, 2019.
Tajay Gayle competes in the men’s long jump final at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, on Saturday September 28, 2019.

Athletics and football dominate the list of nominees for the RJR Sports Foundation's 2019 People's Choice 'Performance of the Year'. The award, which will be presented at the RJRGLEANER Sports Foundation National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Awards on January 17, honours the most outstanding sporting performance of the calendar year. The full list was announced at the press launch yesterday at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce leads the list of nominees with victory in the women's 100m in 10.71 seconds at the World Athletics championships in Doha, Qatar, in September of this year. The 32- year -old Olympian is also a nominee for the 2019 Sportswoman of the Year award.

Tajay Gayle's victorious leap of 8.69 metres in the men's long jump at the World Championships is also up for the award. The mark is the longest jump in the world since 2009 and wins the country's first gold medal at a global championships in the event.

Half-miler Natoya Goule's win in the event at the Pan American Games is also shortlisted for the award. The former Manchester High School standout registered 2:01.26 to comfortably win the gold medal.

In football, Reggae Girl Havana Solaun has been nominated for her historic goal at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France. Salaun notched the country's first-ever goal in the tournament in the 49th minute in their 4-1 defeat to Australia in their final group game.

Jamaican international Shamar Nicholson completes the list for his brilliant strike against the United States in a friendly on June 5. The 22-year-old cracking goal in the 60th minute was his first senior goal for the Reggae Boyz and has gone on to score seven times for his country. His form this summer led to a landmark move to Belgian club Royal Charleroi Sporting Club on a four-year deal.

- D.W.

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