— Published 8 November 2023

Fair play is African

Is fair play an African speciality? In athletics, no doubt. World Athletics has unveiled the list of the three finalists for its International Fair Play Award, one of its annual trophies. Two of them are African. Following a vote organised on social networks and by a jury of athletes and officials, a trio of finalists remain in the running. It is made up of Kenyan Daniel Ebenyo, chosen for having greeted his team-mate Sebastian Sawe during the half-marathon of the World Road Race Championships, just as he was overtaking him on his way to victory; Ethiopian Letesenbet Gidey, runner-up in the 10,000 m, selected for having gone to comfort Dutchwoman Sifan Hassan after her fall in the final straight; and lastly, Great Britain’s Jessica Warner-Judd, eighth in the 10,000 m final at the World Championships in Budapest, the only athlete to wait and shake hands with the last competitor in the final, who had fallen well behind the rest of the field. The winner will be announced on World Athletics’ digital platforms before the annual awards ceremony in Monaco on December 11.