By Emre Asikci
ISTANBUL (AA) - Olympic champions Elaine Thompson-Herah of Jamaica and Karsten Warholm of Norway have been named World Athletes of the Year, World Athletics announced on Wednesday.
"Thompson-Herah produced one of the finest sprint seasons in history this year, retaining her Olympic 100m and 200m titles in Tokyo and adding a third gold medal in the 4x100m relay," World Athletics said in a statement.
Herah, 29, became the first woman to win back-to-back Olympic sprint doubles when she clinched her 100m and 200m titles with times of 10.54 and 21.53 over 100m and 200m respectively in Tokyo 2020.
"Warholm uncorked one of the most remarkable performances in athletics history when he stormed to gold in the 400m hurdles at the Tokyo Olympic Games," it added.
Having already broken the world record with 46.70 in Oslo in the lead-up to the Games, the 25-year-old Warholm claimed gold in a stunning world record of 45.94.