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Women’s European Athlete of the Year nominees announced

Have your say and vote now for your women’s European Athlete of the Year across social media!

The men’s and women’s European Athletes of the Year and Rising Stars will be announced at the Golden Tracks award ceremony which takes place in Tallinn, Estonia on 22 October and will be streamed live on the European Athletics YouTube channel.

A long-list of 10 athletes has been compiled by an expert panel based largely on performances achieved at the European Athletics Championships in Munich, World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon, World Athletics Indoor Championships in Belgrade and the Diamond League finals in Zurich.

The social media vote accounts for one-quarter of the overall vote with the Member Federations vote, media vote and expert panel vote each accounting for one-quarter of the vote. You can cast your vote by retweeting the image of the athlete you wish to vote for on Twitter, by liking the image on Instagram or by liking or sharing on Facebook.

Voting closes across all channels on Friday 30 September and a shortlist of three athletes will be announced in each category in the week starting 3 October.

In alphabetical order, the 10 nominees are:

  1. Femke Bol                   (NED)
  2. Keely Hodgkinson     (GBR)
  3. Mujinga Kambundji  (SUI)
  4. Yaroslava Mahuchikh (UKR)
  5. Malaika Mihambo       (GER)
  6. Laura Muir                    (GBR)
  7. Antigoni Ntrismpioti (GRE)
  8. Sandra Perkovic           (CRO)
  9. Nafissatou Thiam        (BEL)
  10. Ivana Vuleta                 (SRB)
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.

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.