IAAF Names Devers a Top 10 Worldwide Female Athlete of the Year

Oct. 18, 2002

UCLA great Gail Devers, along with fellow U. S. athletes Marion Jones, Tim Montgomery and Khalid Khannouchi, are among the Top 10 Worldwide Female and Male Track & Field Athletes of the Year, announced Friday by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

Devers, Jones, Montgomery and Khannouchi also are all finalists for USAT&F's Jesse Owens Award, which goes to the top American female and male track & field Athletes of the Year.

In one of the strongest seasons of her illustrious career, Devers dominated the women's 100m hurdles by running seven of the fastest times in the world in 2002 and losing only twice. Devers posted the world's fastest time this season of 12.40 seconds in winning in Lausanne, Switzerland and she won her eighth career U. S. Outdoor 100m hurdles crown with a 12.51 performance in Palo Alto. Her wind-aided time of 12.29 at the Prefontaine Classic in May was the fastest time ever run by an American under any conditions. Other wins for Devers in 2002 included Stockholm (12.42), Monaco (12.42), Brussels (12.49), Rome (12.51) and Paris (12.51).

The IAAF announced the group of 10 women and men, determined by a panel of 12 track & field experts from around the world. The IAAF Council will meet prior to the World Athletics Gala, held Nov. 17 in Monte Carlo, to decide the world's Top Three female and male Track & Field Athletes of the Year. The Athlete of the Year will be announced live on stage at the Gala.

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