Reigning World U20 100m champion, Botswana’s Letsile Tebogo tops the list of five nominees announced Wednesday by World Athletics for the 2022 Men’s Rising Star Award.
Tebogo who successfully defended his World U20 100m ttile in Cali in August also set a new world u20 best in the event, running inside 10 seconds three times in 2022.
The 19 year old ran his first sub 10 seconds in the event in April when he scorched to a 9.96s finish at the Gaborone International Meet in Gaborone, Botswana.
He improved on his world u20 best mark at the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon, USA where he ran 9.94s in heat five of the opening round.
The twice world U20 200m runner up further smashed his own world record at the World U20 Championships in Cali, Colombia, storming home first in 9.91 s to successfully defend his World U20 100m title.
Also nominated are Anthony Ammirati, the French World U20 Pole Vault champion who holds the world’s six best U20 performances of 2022 and Jamaica’s Jaydon Hibbertwho won the World U20 triple jump title in Cali and also holds the world’s six best U20 performances of the year.
Others are USA’s Erriyon Knighton, the World U20 200m record holder and bronze medallist over the distance at the World Athletics Championships in Oregon, USA and
Emmanuel Wanyonyi of Kenya who holds the world’s U20 fastest time and placed fourth in Oregon over the two full laps race.
The winner of the 2022 Men’s Rising Star Award will be selected by an international panel of experts and be announced on World Athletics’ social media platforms in early December.