IAAF Female Athlete of the Year winner Almaz Ayana smashed the world record in the Olympic 10,000m, clocking 29:17.45, more than 14 seconds off the previous best.
MONACO, France (Associated Press)―Usain Bolt is track and field’s male athlete of the year, winning the award from the sport’s governing body for a sixth time.
Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia won the women’s award, after her world-record run to win Olympic gold in the 10,000 meters.
The awards were handed out Friday by the IAAF at a gala ceremony in Monaco. The winners were chosen by athletics officials, athletes, journalists and an online public poll.
Bolt won golds in the 100 meters, 200 meters and 4×100 meters at the Rio Olympics, repeating his feats of the 2012 London Games and in Beijing in 2008.
Almaz Ayana smashed the world record in the Olympic 10,000 meters. Her time of 29:17.45 shaved more than 14 seconds off the previous best.
Ethiopian Athletes who won “IAAF Athlete of the Year” Award
- Almaz Ayana, 2016
- Genzebe Dibaba, 2015
- Meseret Defar, 2007
- Kenenisa Bekele, 2004 & 2005
- Haile Gebreselassie, 1998
- Almaz Ayana: ‘I’m Ready for the World Record’ – IAAF Diamond League
- Usain Bolt, Genzebe Dibaba and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce among 2016 Laureus Nominees
- Almaz Ayana Wins the Battle of the World Champions in Zurich – IAAF Diamond League
- Rio Olympics: Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana Stole the Show, Breaking World Record of 10,000m
- Rio 2016: Vivian Cheruiyot (KEN), Hellen Obiri (KEN) and Almaz Ayana (ETH) Took Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals on 5,000m