Kerrica Hill poses at the clock to celebrate her 12.77 championship record on Saturday's (6 Aug) final day of the Cali22 World Athletics U20 Championships in Colombia.

Jamaica’s World U20 100m hurdles champion Kerrica Hill is among five nominees for the 2022 Women’s Rising Star Award, which will recognise this year’s best U20 athlete at the World Athletics Awards 2022.

Hill won the World U20 title in Cali, Columbia this past summer. Her time of 12.77 is the fastest U20 100m hurdles time of the year and World U18 best. 

The nominations reflect the many standout performances that the sport has witnessed this year, at the World Athletics U20 Championships in Cali, the World Athletics Championships Oregon22 and other events around the world.

The winner of the 2022 Women’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.

The nominees are:

Jackline Chepkoech, KEN

– Commonwealth 3000m steeplechase champion

– Kenyan 3000m steeplechase champion

– Brussels Diamond League winner

Faith Cherotich, KEN

– World U20 3000m steeplechase champion

– Kenyan World U20 Championships Trials champion

– Diamond League Final third place

Mine De Klerk, RSA

– World U20 shot put champion

– World U20 discus throw bronze medallist

– Seven of the world’s top 10 U20 shot put performances

Kerrica Hill, JAM

– World U20 100m hurdles champion

– World U20 4x100m champion

– Fastest U20 100m hurdles time of the year, a world U18 best 

Adriana Vilagos, SRB

– World U20 javelin throw champion

– European javelin throw silver medallist

– World’s 11 best U20 performances of the year

Further information about the World Athletics Awards 2022 will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Men’s Rising Star Award nominees will be announced tomorrow, Wednesday 2 November.


By Anthony Foster

Is a two-time Jamaica sports journalist of the year (2004 and 2005) and world-renowned journalist. One of his award-winning articles was on Usain Bolt, 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion and sprint double record holder, was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony has covered Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016; Six (6) IAAF World Athletics Championships between 2007 and 2019 and several other international sporting events, including the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his favourite football team, Argentina vs the USA in 2004.

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