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Athletics - 02. October 2010.

Croatia's Perkovic voted women's European Athletics Rising Star of the Year

Sandra Perkovię of Croatia is the 2010 winner of the women's European Athletics Rising Star of the Year Award presented by MONDO.


The 20-year-old became the youngest ever women’s European discus champion when she claimed gold at the 2010 European Athletics Championships in Barcelona, Spain, in her first year of senior competition.

The Zagreb-born athlete also won gold in the under-23 category at the European Cup Winter Throwing in Arles, France, and produced a national record throw of 66.93m at the Memorial van Damme IAAF Diamond League meeting in Brussels.

Perkovię will be presented with her European Athletics Rising Star of the Year Award at the European Athletics Awards Night dinner in Belgrade on Saturday 16 October alongside the men's Rising Star winner and the European Athlete of the Year winners.

The men's Rising Star winner will be announced on Wednesday.

Fans, media and European Athletics Member Federations were invited to vote for the Rising Star of the Year on the European Athletics website. Along with the votes from a panel of experts, each group of voters' results count for one quarter of the athlete's final score.

The shortlist for the award included stars from this year's World Junior Championships and Youth Olympic Games and other young athletes who performed exceptionally well this year.

No athlete who has previously served a two-year doping ban can be nominated for the European Athletics Rising Star award.

Women's European Athletics Rising Star of the Year presented by MONDO final rankings 

1. Sandra Perkovię (CRO)
2. Isabelle Pedersen (NOR)
3. Jodie Williams (GBR)
4. Angelica Bengtsson (SWE)
5. Darya Klishina (RUS)
6. Katsiaryna Artsiukh (BLR)
7. Marija Vukovic (MNE)
8. Elena Mirela (ROU)
9. Sophie Hitchon (GBR)
10. Ciara Mageean (IRL)
11. Antonella Palmisano (ITA)
12. Sanni Utriainen (FIN)

Previous women's Rising Star winners 

2009 Karoline Bjerkeli Grøvdal (NOR)
2008 Stephanie Twell (GBR)
2007 Jessica Ennis (GBR)

2010 season: Sandra Perkovię


66.85 NR  1  NC-w  Split 6 Mar

61.93 1    ECWT-w Arles 21 Mar

61.01 2 Bar 1 May

62.33 3 Diamond League Doha 14 May

59.71 6 Diamond League Oslo  4 Jun

63.55 1 Cro Cup  Rijeka 5 Jun

61.96 1 Diamond League New York 12 Jun

63.42 1 ETC-2 Beograd 19 Jun

64.24 1-22 NC-j Zagreb 3 Jul

60.18 7   Diamond League Lausanne 8 Jul

64.31 1 NC  Rijeka 10 Jul

63.62 3 Diamond League Saint-Denis 16 Jul

64.67 1 ECH Barcelona  28 Jul

63.30 Diamond League London 13 Aug

66.93 NR Diamond League Bruxelles 27 Aug

65.56  1 Han¾ekovię  Zagreb 1 Sep

63.29  Cont Cup Split 4 Sep



15.71i NR 1 Zagreb 30 Jan

16.23i NR 1 NC Zagreb 27 Feb

16.02 NR  1 NC-w Split  6 Mar

15.69 1 Cro Cup Rijeka 6 Jun

15.57 ETC-2 Beograd 20 Jun

14.99 1-22 NC-j Zagreb 4 Jul

14.55 1 NC Rijeka 11 Jul

Personal bests: Sandra Perkovię:


Outdoor: 66.93 (NR) Bruxelles 27 Aug 2010

Outdoor: 16.02 (NR) Split 6 Mar 2010
Indoor: 16.23 (NR) Zagreb 27 Feb 2010


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