2013 TRACK & FIELD NEWS
MEN’S ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Bohdan Bondarenko Wins Tightest Voting Ever
The tightest voting in AOY history saw Bohdan Bondarenko, Ukraine’s high jumper-supreme, edge Usain Bolt by a single point. The previous standard for close ones was Alberto Juantorena’s 4-point margin over Edwin Moses in ’77.
The 23-year old world champ moved to =No. 4 all-time with his 7-10¾ (2.41) best, a height he cleared twice during the season.
For those who might ask, “But Bolt won three gold medals at the World Championships, how could he lose?” the answer is simple: the T&FN honor is intended to be an individual one, not a team one. So relay accomplishments are not part of an athlete’s credentials.
Our 34-member international panel split the No. 1 votes three ways: 18 to Bondarenko, 12 to Bolt and 4 to Mo Farah.
Overall, 16 different men received votes. The top 10 point scorers on our 10-9-8… system, with the event(s) in which they scored:
|1. Bohdan Bondarenko (Ukraine—high jump)||310|
|2. Usain Bolt (Jamaica—100/200)||309|
|3. Mo Farah (Great Britain—5000/10,000)||267|
|4. Mohamed Aman (Ethiopia—800)||213|
|5. LaShawn Merritt (US—400)||188|
|6. Robert Harting (Germany—discus)||107|
|7. Ashton Eaton (US—decathlon)||98|
|8. Renaud Lavillenie (France—pole vault)||88|
|9. Aleksandr Menkov (Russia—long jump)||81|
|10. Teddy Tamgho (France—triple jump)||61|
A more detailed version of this award—and all the T&FN honors for the year—will appear in the about-to-be published February edition.
© Track & Field News 2013