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Athletics - 23. March 2008.

Kallur wins European Athlete of the Month for February

The 27-year-old Swede had an unforgettable month of February, winning all six of her high quality 60m Hurdles events before creating her own piece of history by setting a new World Indoor record of 7.68 in Karlsruhe on February 10.

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Having began the year with a Swedish record of 7.75 in January, Kallur subsequently improved this to 7.72 in Stuttgart on February 2, before progressing to her new global record figures of 7.68 eight days later. She them reigned victorious in both Birmingham and Stockholm to end a dream month on a high note.

Kallur was the inaugural European Athlete of the Month in January 2007 and again in 2008 and this title means she is the first athlete to win the award on the occasions, and on this form, it looks certain not to be the last time!

The runners-up in the women's poll were Russian World record holders Yelena Isinbayeva and Yelena Soboleva.

The European Athlete of the Month initiative was launched in January 2007 and is designed to recognise outstanding performers at all levels of the sport in Europe.

European Athletics will name a male and female winner each month and feature the athlete on the European Athletics website. Selections are based on votes by the public, the media and a panel of European Athletics experts with each counting for 33.3% of the final vote. The winners will automatically be short listed for the European Athlete of the Year Award.
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