Barshim, Thiam named athletes of the year

Saturday November 25 2017

Nafissatou Thiam of Belgium (left) and Mutaz Barshim of Qatar pose with their trophies after they won the 2017 IAAF Athletes of the Year. PHOTO | PHILLIPE FITTE |

Nafissatou Thiam of Belgium (left) and Mutaz Barshim of Qatar pose with their trophies after they won the 2017 IAAF Athletes of the Year. PHOTO | PHILLIPE FITTE |  IAAF

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MONACO

Qatari high jumper Mutaz Essa Barshim and Belgium's heptathlon champion Nafissatou Thiam were named the IAAF's men's and women's athlete of the year on Friday.

World champion Barshim succeeds retired Jamaican sprint legend Usain Bolt. He claimed the title from a shortlist comprising Britain's long distance star Mo Farah and South Africa's 400m champion Wayde Van Niekerk.

Thiam, who won hepatathlon gold at the Olympics and worlds in London, beat off competition from Ethiopia's 10,000m Olympic champion Almaz Ayana and Greek polevault star Ekaterini Stefanidi.

The men's and women's finalists were whittled down from an original list of 10 by a vote of IAAF council members, fans and fellow athletes.

At the awards ceremony in Monaco, Bolt was awarded the president's prize.


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