Will This Caribbean Olympian Win BBC’s World Sports Star?

Jamaica's Elaine Thompson-Herah (C) won the women's 200m final during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on August 3, 2021. (Photo by JEWEL SAMAD/AFP via Getty Images)

By NAN Sports Editor

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Dec. 10, 2021: Will Caribbean Olympian Elaine Thompson-Herah be crowned BBC’s World Sports Star of the Year 2021?

That’s up in the air was voting gets under way for the prestigious award on Dec. 14th. The Jamaican triple Olympianis going up against an American football legend, an international tennis, a contender for a Formula 1 championship and a female Irish jockey who created history for the 2021 award.

It comes fresh on the heels of being named Female World Athlete of the Year.

The other contenders are: American football legend Tom Brady who this year extended his record of Super Bowl wins to seven; Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic who sealed victories at the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon this year; Red Bull Racing Formula 1 driver Max Verstappen who is seeking his first World Championship in a tight competition with his Mercedes rival, seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton; Rachael Blackmore who became the first female rider to win the Grand National at Aintree and the first woman to be leading jockey at the Cheltenham Festival; and Saul ‘Canelo’ Álvarez, who became the first undisputed super-middleweight champion of all time just last month.

Thompson-Herah made history as the first woman to complete the Olympic sprint ‘double-double’ and became the second-fastest ever woman in both events, behind only Florence Griffith-Joyner, as she took gold in the 100-m and 200-m.

The 29-year-old sprinter successfully defended her Rio titles despite being hampered by an Achilles tendon injury for several seasons.

The award will be presented during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year show live on December 19th.