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News and Notes – Jan. 5, 2017


Irene Obera named World Masters Athletics Female Athlete of the Year

INDIANAPOLIS -- 2016 USATF Masters Athlete of the Year Irene Obera (Fremont, California) was named World Masters Athletics (WMA) Female Athlete of the Year on Tuesday as a result of her outstanding track season, in particular setting two W80 world records at WMA Championships in Perth, Australia last November. Australian race walker Andrew Jamieson was named WMA Male Athlete of the Year.


The 83-year-old legend dashed to a new world record in the 80m hurdles in 18.70, as well as the heptathlon with 6071 points. Obera won two relay gold medals at the world championships, culminating in eight gold and ten medals overall. Her contributions led Team USA to a second-place finish behind Australia with 74 gold and 181 medals total.


Obera’s track and field career spans nearly 60 years and includes numerous world records and championship titles. She was also named USATF Masters Athlete of the Year in 2014.


Allyson Felix selected as 2016 Sportswoman of the Year by Los Angeles Sports Council  

LOS ANGELES -- USATF’s most decorated female athlete Allyson Felix (Los Angeles, California) will be honored as 2016 Sportswoman of the Year at the 12th Annual LA Sports Awards hosted by Los Angeles Sports Council on February 27, 2017.


Felix earned three medals at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio – two gold in the 4x100m and 4x400m relays and one silver in the 400m – and was named USATF History Making Performance winner at the Jesse Owens Awards held in Orlando, Florida last December.


In addition, Felix has been a vocal supporter of the LA2024 campaign and traveled to Doha to pitch officials on the importance of bringing the Olympic Games back to the United States.


This will be the third time Felix will receive Sportswoman of the Year honors. She was previously honored in 2007 and 2009.


Great Edinburgh XCountry Challenge live on USATF.TV +PLUS

EDINBURGH, Scotland -- Team USA takes to Holyrood Park on Saturday, January 7 for the 2017 Great Edinburgh XCountry Challenge, marking the first USATF event of 2017. The challenge will be webcast live on USATF.TV +PLUS beginning at 8:15 a.m. ET Saturday, starting with the women’s 6 km race. Highlights, interviews and behind-the-scenes action will also be available on demand on USATF.TV +PLUS.

Fans can follow along with the action in Scotland using #GEXC2017 on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook.

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