Athletics Weekly Readers’ Choice Awards 2012

Cast your vote and select your top athletes and performances of 2012

Posted on October 19, 2012 by
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What a year it has been for athletics – not just for Britain, the host nation of the London 2012 Olympic Games, but for the sport on an international level.

It speaks volumes that the biggest global icon of track and field, Usain Bolt, was not the sole headline act of the Games like he was in Beijing. Of course his triple victory in London was superb, but so too was the likes of David Rudisha’s ground-breaking win in the 800m, Ashton Eaton’s all-round dominance in the decathlon, and Sally Pearson’s flawless display in the 100m hurdles.

All of these are up for the ‘moment of the year’ accolade, alongside the world record-breaking performances from Aries Merritt, Yelena Isinbayeva and Nataliya Dobrynska.

And who can forget ‘Super Saturday’ where Britain won three gold medals within the space of a couple of hours, thanks to Jessica Ennis in the heptathlon, Greg Rutherford in the long jump and Mo Farah in the 10,000m.

Rutherford and Farah are up for ‘British man of the year’, alongside Olympic high jump bronze medallist Robbie Grabarz.

Ennis, meanwhile, is joined by Olympic silver medallist Christine Ohuruogu and world indoor triple jump champion Yamile Aldama in the women’s equivalent.

Bolt, Eaton, Farah, Merritt, Rudisha and Robert Harting will scrap it out for votes in the ‘international man’ category, while Ennis features in the ‘international woman’ voting alongside Pearson, Valerie Adams, Tirunesh Dibaba, Allyson Felix and Barbora Spotakova.

There are also categories for top British juniors of the year. Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Adam Gemili both struck gold at the World Junior Championships before representing Britain at the Olympics. World junior medallists Emelia Gorecka, Jessica Judd and Jazmin Sawyers also feature in that category, as do the likes of James Gladman, Charlie Grice and Zak Seddon, who all went rocketing up the junior all-time lists this year.

For the first time, this year we have also added categories for top British veteran, British breakthrough athlete of the year and British paralympian of the year.

These accolades are just a bit of fun and there is no real hardware up for grabs. But it gives you the chance to have your say as to who the top performers were this season.

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