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Athletics - 12. September 2011.

European Athlete of the Year and Rising Star Awards nominations for 2011

European Athletics is delighted to announce the nominations for the 2011 European Athlete of the Year and European Athletics Rising Star Awards presented by MONDO.

The online poll to choose the winners is now open, with voting taking place on the European Athletics website until 26 September 2011.

The list for both the European Athlete of the Year and Rising Star categories was compiled by selecting the top European athlete in different athletics disciplines based on performances at the IAAF World Championships, European Athletics Indoor Championships, other European Athletics events and the series of Diamond League and European Athletics meetings. Only in very exceptional cases are two athletes from one event nominated.

The awards winners will be decided by votes from the general public, media, European Athletics Member Federations and an expert panel, with the results from each group of voters counting for one quarter of the athlete's final score. Each voter must select their five preferred athletes and rank them in order of priority.

Members of the public who have voted for the top three male and female athletes in the correct order in the poll will be entered into a draw to win a two-night trip for two to the Helsinki 2012 European Athletics Championships. There will also be some runners-up prizes.

Speaking about the award, European Athletics President Hansjörg Wirz said: "The year 2011 was another exciting one for athletics in Europe, highlighted by the IAAF World Championships in Daegu and the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Paris.

“Europe once again demonstrated that it is the dominant force in world athletics by winning highest number of medals among all the six area associations of the IAAF at the World Championships in Daegu, but of course there is still room for improvement.

"To be nominated for the best athlete in Europe is a huge honour and one that is greatly valued by the athletes. However, I must stress that European Athletics has always held a very strong line against doping and any athlete who has previously served a two-year doping ban has been omitted from the list of nominations."

Shot putter David Storl of Germany and pole vaulter Pawel Wojciechowski of Poland are nominated in both the Athlete of the Year and Rising Star categories because of their high achievements in what has been their breakthrough year.

The winners of European Athlete of the Year and European Athletics Rising Star Awards presented by MONDO will be invited to collect their awards during the European Athletics Convention in Arona, Spain, on Saturday 15 October.

The European Athlete of the Year award was introduced by European Athletics in 1993 and this year is the 19th time the trophy will be awarded.

Click on the link below to cast your vote.


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