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Faith Kipyegon to battle Sifan Hassan at the 2021 Female athlete of the Year

Two times Olympic 1500m champion Faith Kipyegon will battle with the double Olympic champion in 5000m and 10000m Sifan Hassan at the 2021 World Athletes Female of the Year.

Kipyegon is among the 10 nominees for the female Athlete of the Year, Female World Athlete of the Year who were selected by an international panel of athletics experts, comprising representatives from all six continental areas of World Athletics.

The nominees for 2021 Female World Athlete of the Year are:

Valarie Allman, USA
– Olympic discus champion
– Diamond League discus champion
– North American discus record

Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, PUR
– Olympic 100m hurdles champion
– Broke the Olympic 100m hurdles record
– National record 12.26 moved to equal fourth on the world all-time list

Sifan Hassan, NED
– Olympic 5000m and 10,000m champion
– Olympic 1500m bronze medallist
– Broke the world 10,000m record

Faith Kipyegon, KEN
– Olympic 1500m champion
– Diamond League 1500m champion
– Kenyan 1500m record

Mariya Lasitskene, ANA
– Olympic high jump champion
– Diamond League high jump champion
– Jumped world-leading 2.05m

Sydney McLaughlin, USA
– Olympic 400m hurdles champion
– Olympic 4x400m champion
– Set two world 400m hurdles records

Shaunae Miller-Uibo, BAH
– Olympic 400m champion
– North American 400m record
– North American indoor 400m record

Athing Mu, USA
– Olympic 800m and 4x400m champion
– World U20 indoor 800m record
– North American U20 records at 400m and 800m

Yulimar Rojas, VEN
– Olympic triple jump champion
– Diamond League triple jump champion
– World triple jump record

Elaine Thompson-Herah, JAM
– Olympic 100m, 200m and 4x100m champion
– Diamond League 100m champion
– National 100m and 200m records, second fastest of all time.

The voting process officially began on Thursday, with the World Athletics Council and the World Athletics Family set to cast their votes by email.

For fans, they will be able to vote via the World Athletics social media platforms either by ‘liking’ a graphic of their favourite athlete or via a retweet on twitter.

Sifan Hassan crowned the 2021 European Athlete of the Year

Double Tokyo Olympics Games champion Sifan Hassan from the Netherlands has been crowned the 2021  European Woman Athlete of the Year at the Golden Tracks award ceremony that was held on Saturday (16) evening in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Hassan has been an outstanding performer this summer having won three medals that included the 5000m, 10,000m and 1500m bronze titles.

Hassan was crowned women’s European Athlete of the Year for the first time and she becomes just the second Dutch athlete to win this accolade after Dafne Schippers in 2014 and 2015.

Hassan – who was unfortunately not able to be present at the awards ceremony and Dutch federation President Eric van der Burg received her trophy on her behalf from European Athletics Vice President Cherry Alexander – won ahead of fellow Olympic champions Anita Wlodarczyk from Poland and Mariya Lasitskene, the latter being the 2019 European Athlete of the Year.

Hassan has also been in record-breaking form this season. She decimated Almaz Ayana’s world 10,000m record of 29:17.45 on home soil at the FBK Games in Hengelo in June with 29:06.82.

That mark was subsequently broken two days later on the same track by Letesenbet Gidey but Hassan outsprinted the Ethiopian for the Olympic 10,000m title, her sixth race in the Japanese capital after winning gold in the 5000m and then bronze in the 1500m.

It was a successful evening for Dutch athletics as European 400m hurdles record-holder Femke Bol was crowned women’s Rising Star.

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)

 

Men’s and women’s European Athlete of the Year finalists announced

With 10 days until the Golden Tracks award ceremony takes place in Lausanne, Switzerland on 16 October, we can announce the three finalists for the men’s and women’s European Athlete of the Year.

The shortlist includes both the 2019 European Athletes of the Year Mariya Lasitskene and Karsten Warholm, both of whom won gold medals at the Tokyo Olympic Games and trophies in the Diamond League final in Zurich.

The shortlist was determined by a four-part voting process which incorporates votes from fans across social media, Member Federations, media and an expert European Athletics panel. Each section constituted 25 percent of the vote.

Sifan Hassan (The Netherlands)

Sifan Hassan almost pulled off the unthinkable feat of winning three individual gold medals at the same Olympics. Hassan won the 5000m and 10,000m titles but the Dutchwoman came up narrowly short in the 1500m, settling for bronze behind Faith Kipyegon and Laura Muir.

Hassan’s pre-Olympic campaign was highlighted by a world 10,000m record of 29:06.82 in Hengelo – a mark which was beaten on the same track only two days later by Letesenbet Gidey – and while her exploits in Tokyo had understandably caught up her, the seemingly indefitagle Hassan still finished her season with a flourish.

After winning over 5000m in Eugene, Hassan ran one of the fastest mile times in history in Brussels with 4:14.74 before finishing a close second to Kipyegon over 1500m in the Diamond League final in Zurich.

Mariya Lasitskene (Authorised Neutral Athlete / Russia)

Mariya Lasitskene has won multiple world and European titles both indoors and outdoors but an Olympic medal was conspicuously absent from her collection.

Still a junior at the time of the 2012 Olympics, Lasitskene missed out on selection for London and the blanket ban on Russian athletes meant Lasitskene was absent from the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Troubled by a knee injury all season, Lasitskene only qualified for the final by virtue of a third-time clearance at 1.95m but the Russian showed her immense competitive mettle by clearing season’s best of 2.02m and then 2.04m to seal the title.

Lasitskene, who was the 2019 European Athlete of the Year, then went on to clear 2.05m in the Diamond League final in Zurich. Will she become just the second athlete after Dafne Schippers (2014-15) to win the award in back-to-back editions?

Anita Wlodarczyk (Poland)

Like Lasitskene, Anita Wlodarczyk was on the comeback trail from injury but the seasoned campaigner had timed her peak to perfection.

The world record-holder created history at the Olympic Games in Tokyo by becoming the first female athlete to win three successive gold medals in the same event, clinching a third gold medal in the hammer with a winning mark of 78.48m – her best mark in three years.

Armand Duplantis (Sweden)

His world record of 6.18m remains just beyond his reach for now but Armand Duplantis achieved a record for consistency at the highest level, clearing six metres or higher in no fewer than 12 competitions indoors and outdoors.

His indoor season was highlighted by a 6.10m clearance in Belgrade, a precursor to another title at the European Indoor Championships in Torun where he cleared 6.05m to take ownership of the championship record in the arena in which he broke the world record for the first time in 2020.

Duplantis suffered two unexpected losses outdoors but the American-based Swede won every significant competition including gold at the Olympic Games with 6.02m and the Diamond League final in Zurich with 6.06m.

Duplantis has previously been a winner at the Golden Tracks. He was named joint men’s Rising Star in 2018 alongside Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigtsen following their incredible exploits at the European Athletics Championships in Berlin.

Lamont Marcell Jacobs (Italy)

The men’s sprinting scene was thrust wide open this season and the vastly improving Lamont Marcell Jacobs duly filled this void with two scintillating performances in the 100m at the Tokyo Olympics.

Having broken the 10 second-barrier ahead of Tokyo, Jacobs eclipsed the European record with a 9.83 clocking in the semifinal before storming to gold in the final in 9.80. Further success came at the end of the championships as Jacobs ran the second leg of Italy’s gold medal-winning team in the 4x100m.

Jacobs gave notice of what was to come this summer by dominating the 60m at the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Torun where he won gold in a world lead of 6.47. He also caught the attention of eagle-eyed track fans with a scintillating 8.91 split at the World Relays in Silesia.

Karsten Warholm (Norway)

Karsten Warholm raced lightly in 2021 but his performances were of a stratospheric standard.

Warholm clinched the world record from Kevin Young, appropriately on home soil at the Bislett Games in Oslo with 46.70 but the Norwegian tore his record asunder at the Olympic Games in Tokyo where he broke through the 46 second-barrier with 45.94 – a respectable time even for the 400m flat!

For the third successive season, Warholm enjoyed an unbeaten campaign in the 400m hurdles. He also took notable wins in Monaco and Berlin as well as in Zurich at the Diamond League final.

At 25, Warholm is one of the few athletes to have won both the Rising Star award and the men’s European Athlete of the Year award. Will he win again in Lausanne?

Source: european-athletics.com

Sifan Hassan nominated for European Female Athlete of the Year

Triple Tokyo Games medallist, Sifan Hassan from the Netherlands has been nominated for European Women’s Athlete of the Year from the continent’s sporting body after her sensational silver performance at this year’s Tokyo Olympics.

The double Olympic champion in 5000m and 10,000m earlier this year is on European Athletics’ shortlist for the prestigious award, currently held by Russian high jumper Mariya Lasitskene who is also nominated in the Golden Tracks awards.

No prize was handed out in 2020 but Sifan’s exploits on the track over the past two years, particularly her exhilarating Olympic run which she got two gold medals and a bronze medal in 1500m, earned her nomination.

Also on the list is Great Britain’s 1500m silver medallist Laura Muir, triple jumper Patricia Mamona, and Femke Bol, Polish javelin and hammer throwers Maria Andrejcyk and Anita Wlodarczyk, Diamond League pole vault champion Anzhelika Sidorova and Olympic champions Malaika Mihambo of Germany and Italy’s Olympic race walker Antonella Palmisano. Olympic heptathlon champion Nafissatou Thiam completes the list.

Supporters can back their favourite on social media by re-tweeting or liking their image before October 3. The online vote accounts for 25 percent of the consideration and the winners will be announced at the Golden Tracks ceremony in Lausanne on October 16.

Olympic heroes return to Action in Eugene

The Olympic Games may be done and dusted, but the 2021 athletics season is far from over as some of the stars of Tokyo 2020 continue their Wanda Diamond League campaigns at the Nike Prefontaine Classic in Eugene on August 21st.

The eighth meeting of the season will provide an immediate chance to settle some Olympic scores with a whole host of rematches on the track. Men’s 200m gold and silver medallists Andre De Grasse and Kenny Bednarek will go head to head again at Hayward Field, while Athyn Mu, Keely Hodgkinson and Raevyn Rogers make up an Olympic podium full house in the women’s 800m.

The same applies for the women’s 5000m, with reigning Diamond League champion and Olympic gold medallist Sifan Hassan taking on silver and bronze medallists Hellen Obiri and Gudaf Tsegay in the women’s race. All three 5000m medallists (Joshua Cheptegei, Moh Ahmed and Paul Chelimo) will also be in action in a star-studded men’s two-mile race in Eugene.

In the men’s shot put, the USA’s Ryan Crouser will be hoping to add a first career Diamond Trophy to his shiny new Olympic gold medal in the remaining months of the season. He will take on fellow medallists Joe Kovacs and Tom Walsh, who is looking to defend his Diamond League title this year.

Gold and bronze medallists Pedro Pablo Pichardo and Hugues Zango will reprise their men’s triple jump battle on the Diamond League stage, while there could also be a rematch between Olympic and Diamond League champion Mariya Lasitskene and bronze medallist Yaroslava Mahuchikh in the women’s triple jump.

Source: diamondleague.com

Chemtai voted European Athlete of the Month for May

After a week of voting across Facebook and Twitter, Israel’s Lonah Chemtai Salpeter has been voted female European Athletes of the Month for May 2018.

The votes cast across Facebook and Twitter were combined to determine the outcome. Chemtai Salpeter proved a decisive winner in the women’s category, winning by nearly 300 votes from Belgium’s world and Olympic heptathlon champion Nafissatou Thiam.

Chemtai Salpeter took the biggest victory of her career thus far at the European 10,000m Cup in London on 19 May, taking the title in an Israeli record and world-leading time of 31:33.03.

The other nominees for the women’s award were Thiam, Croatia’s Sandra Perkovic, Belarus’ Alina Talay and neutral athlete Mariya Lasitskene.

Sebastian Coe tells Russia: IAAF will still play hardball despite IOC decision

Sebastian Coe has promised athletics will continue to play hardball with Russia despite the International Olympic Committee’s decision to welcome the country back into the sporting fold.

Russia has been suspended from track and field since November 2015 because of massive state-sponsored doping, with its athletes needing to gain the approval of a doping review board to compete as neutral athletes.

Only 22 Russians have been granted approval for 2018 so far, with eight of those competing in the world indoor championships in Birmingham – including the high jumpers Mariya Lasitskene and Danil Lysenko, who both won gold in the women’s and men’s events on Thursday night.

And Lord Coe, the president of the IAAF, has signalled that the body’s tough stance will not soften until an independent taskforce, headed by the Norwegian Rune Andersen, is satisfied that Russia has cleaned up its act.

Russia’s Olympic membership restored by IOC after doping ban

“We have a responsibility to protect the clean athletes,” said Coe. “And until we are entirely satisfied Russian Athletics has met the objectives we have set – and agreed with them – then our position is not an unreasonable one to have.”

Andersen will give his latest report on Russia’s progress to the IAAF’s executive council on Tuesday. But there is little chance of a change in policy, given he has previously stated the suspension will not be lifted until the Russian Anti-Doping Agency is functioning again and the country’s sporting leaders acknowledge their mistakes.

Coe refused to comment directly on the IOC’s decision to reinstate the Russian Olympic Committee after just a three month suspension, but indicated he was happy for the IAAF to forge its own path on Russia.

“I can’t get into that, we have a very different system,” he said. “It’s different because it’s for the international federation to have the primacy over eligibility rules.

“The IOC accepted that before Rio. And they recognised the primacy of the IAAF to say: ‘No, we’re not satisfied this is a system which meets the criteria we have set ourselves.’ Russia will come back when that criteria is met and not before.”

Source:theguardian.com