Polish hammer-thrower Włodarczyk makes World Athlete of 2015 longlist
PR dla Zagranicy
Anita Włodarczyk has made the longlist of the 2015 IAAF World Athlete of the Year award.
Anita Włodarczyk. Photo: wikimedia commons
The nomination comes after a superb season for the 30-year-old.
Not only did she become the first woman to throw the hammer beyond 80m (80.08m) – a world record that she still holds – she also took gold in the World Championships in Beijing.
Włodarczyk won the most votes in the throws category, alongside javelin-thrower Julius Yego in the men's.
The IAAF commented that the Pole had been “utterly dominant this season” winning all of her competitions.
The athletics organisation is selecting nine men and nine women from nine categories: sprints, hurdles, middle and long distance, road running, race walking, jumps, throws, combined events and multi-terrain.
Remaining nominees will be announced over the coming days.
Three men and three women will be revealed as finalists 17 and 18 November.
Meanwhile, the IAAF is reeling after a report concluded that widespread Russian doping had been covered up, prompting the detainment of Lamine Diack, the recently retired head of IAAF. (nh/di)