Vote for the best athletes of 2011 in the Athletics Weekly Athletes of the Year awards
It’s that time of year again when live action is calming down and fans are able to look back on what has been a memorable year of athletics.
As such, we’re asking you to help us select the best athletes of 2011. 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.
The voting is split into three sections – international, British, and British junior – with men’s and women’s categories for each.
Perhaps the drama of the sprints with Yohan Blake and Usain Bolt grabbed you. Or maybe you were stunned by Sally Pearson’s 12.28 in Daegu. Or Vivian Cheruiyot’s distance double in Daegu and World Cross gold is possibly worthy of your vote. It could be that you give preference to the undefeated seasons enjoyed by Robert Harting and Valerie Adams.
On the domestic front, Britain boasted two male world champions in Mo Farah and Dai Greene. Phillips Idowu’s consistency paid off with the overall Diamond League title, while Andy Turner surprised with his world bronze. Jessica Ennis and Hannah England both won world silver in Daegu, and Helen Clitheroe struck gold indoors in Paris. Not forgetting, of course, the multiple national records set by Tiffany Porter.
Britain did very well this year on the junior scene too. Jodie Williams won the European junior sprint double, while Desiree Henry and Louisa James won surprise world youth golds in the 200m and hammer respectively. David Bolarinwa (200m), Adam Cotton (1500m) and Jack Meredith (110m hurdles) all won gold at the European Junior Championships too.
Have a glance over the season summaries of each athlete on the shortlists below and cast your vote. The results will be announced in a future issue of Athletics Weekly.
Voting is now closed.