Women's Track and Field ex Richards nominated for Sportswoman of the Year
EAST MEADOW, N.Y. -- Former Olympian and NCAA Champion Sanya Richards has been selected as a finalist for the 2007 Sportswoman of the Year presented by the Women's Sports Foundation.
Sportswoman of the Year finalists were selected based on their athletic achievements between August 1, 2006, and July 31, 2007. The public can vote by visiting the until Friday, Aug. 31 at midnight.
The Sportswoman of Year award winner will be announced on Monday, Oct. 15, 2007, and honored at the Annual Salute to Women in Sports Awards Dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City.
Richards earned inclusion in the elite group with her record-setting performances during the 2006 track season. Richards shattered a 22-year old American record (Valerie Brisco, 48.83 seconds, 1984 Olympic Games) and moved to seventh on the all-time list in winning the 400 (48.70) at the 10th International Athletics Association Federation (IAAF) World Cup in Athens on Sept. 16.
At the young age of 22, Richards boasted an undefeated record in the 400 with nine sub-50 second performances en route to winning the IAAF Golden League Jackpot in 2006. Richards ran the five fastest times in the world in 2006, the six fastest times by an American and 10 of the top 11 American times.
Richards' standout season continued as she went on to win the USA Indoor, USA Outdoor, World Athletics Final and World Cup titles, and capture 15 consecutive races.
The 2006 Jesse Owens Award winner, as the top U.S. female track athlete, also garnered international honors as the 2006 IAAF World Athlete of the Year.