European U20 110m hurdles champion Sasha Zhoya was crowned as the men Rising Star at the Golden Tracks award ceremony that was held on Saturday (16) evening in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Femke Bol from Dutch is also the European 400m hurdles record-holder Femke Bol was also feted as the women’s Rising Star.
Zhoya also went into the record books in a glorious two months in the 110m hurdles. The Frenchman clocked four of the seven fastest times in history over the barriers at U20 level, including world records of 12.93 and 12.72 at the World Athletics U20 Championships in Nairobi to chop a dizzying 0.27 off the previous record.
The 19-year-old surpassed the world U20 record at the European Athletics U20 Championships in Tallinn with 12.98 but the time could not be ratified due to a slightly illegal tailwind. However, Zhoya did revise the championship record with 13.05 in the final to win the first of two major championship gold medals this summer.
The pair were presented with their trophies by European Athletics Vice Presidents Libor Varhanik and Jean Gracia respectively.
Bol raced extensively both indoors and outdoors, winning eight successive races indoors in the 400m which culminated with gold medals in both the 400m and 4x400m at the European Athletics Indoor Championships.
She also won 11 of her 12 races in the 400m hurdles outdoors, her only loss coming when she finished third at the Olympics but in Tokyo she smashed Yuliya Pechonkina’s long-standing European record with a time of 52.03.
Summary of Golden Tracks award winners
- Women’s European Athlete of the Year – Sifan Hassan (NED)
- Men’s European Athlete of the Year – Karsten Warholm (NOR)
- Women’s Rising Star – Femke Bol (NED)
- Men’s Rising Star – Sasha Zhoya (FRA)
- European Athletics Community Award – Maria Andrejczyk (POL)
- European Athletics Women’s Leadership Award – Ana Krstevska (MKD)
- Member Federation Award – Georgina Drumm (IRL)
- European Athletics Coaching Award – Hansruedi Kunz (SUI)