Athletics Weekly Athletes of the Year announced

Hundreds of votes were cast online for your top athletes of the year across six different categories and the results are now in

AW athletes of 2011 (Mark Shearman)

» International man of the year – Mo Farah

Online polls can sometimes be subject to national bias, but Mo Farah is a more than deserving winner of this accolade, having come away from Daegu with the best individual medal haul in the men’s events.

Behind him it was close between the Caribbean sprinters with Usain Bolt just edging out Kirani James and Yohan Blake.

1. Mo Farah 48%
2. Usain Bolt 11%
3. Kirani James 10%

» International woman of the year – Sally Pearson

This was expected to be a two-horse race between Sally Pearson and Vivian Cheruiyot, but in the end the Australian hurdler ran away with the voting ahead of the double world champion. Valerie Adams led the field events in third.

1. Sally Pearson 43%
2. Vivian Cheruiyot 20%
3. Valerie Adams 10%

» British man of the year – Mo Farah

As the winner of the international voting, it is no surprise that Farah also cleaned up on the domestic front. Fellow world champion Dai Greene was a clear No.2.

1. Mo Farah 64%
2. Dai Greene 24%
3. Andy Turner 5%

» British woman of the year – Hannah England

This was undoubtedly the closest race of all the six categories. Hannah England and Jessica Ennis, both world silver medallists, were neck-and-neck the whole way through. But, just as she did in Daegu, England came on strong in the final stages and led Ennis by just four votes. European indoor 3000m champion Helen Clitheroe was a comfortable third.

1. Hannah England 30.6%
2. Jessica Ennis 30%
3. Helen Clitheroe 21%

» British junior man of the year – Adam Cotton

Clovis Asong, the Commonwealth youth and European youth 400m champion, led the voting early on, but European junior 1500m champion Adam Cotton nipped it in the end, leading by a couple of per cent.

1. Adam Cotton 34%
2. Clovis Asong 32%
3. Jack Meredith 12%

» British junior woman of the year – Jodie Williams

The future of British women’s sprinting is certainly in safe hands – not only with double European junior champion Jodie Williams, but with Commonwealth youth and European youth 100m champion Sophie Papps, who was hot on her older rival’s heels throughout the entire voting process. World youth 800m bronze medallist Jessica Judd was a clear third.

1. Jodie Williams 35%
2. Sophie Papps 33%
3. Jessica Judd 25%

2 Responses to “Athletics Weekly Athletes of the Year announced”

  1. Sarah Cotterill says:

    Well done Adam !!

  2. John Lismore says:

    Well done Adam !! Onwards and upwards

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