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2016 TRACK & FIELD NEWS
WOMEN’S ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Anita Włodarczyk

wlodarczyk anita aoyOur international panel of experts had little difficulty in choosing the best woman of the Olympic year. For the second time in 3 years that honor was accorded to hammer thrower Anita Włodarczyk. The 31-year-old Pole twice broke her own World Record, the first time in claiming gold in Rio. After the Games she reached her farthest ever, 272-3 (82.98).

In forging an incredibly dominant season, Włodarczyk won all 12 of her meets and produced no fewer than the 42 (!) farthest throws of the year.

She received 21 of the votes for No. 1, with the others going to Almaz Ayana (6), Elaine Thompson (3) & Keni Harrison (1).

The top 10 in the voting:

1. Anita Włodarczyk (Poland) hammer
2. Almaz Ayana (Ethiopia) long distances
3. Elaine Thompson (Jamaica) sprints
4. Ruth Jebet (Bahrain) steeplechase
5. Keni Harrison (US) 100 hurdles
6. Sandra Perković (Croatia) discus
7. Caster Semenya (South Africa) 400, 800
8. Shaunae Miller (Bahamas) 400
9. Vivian Cheruiyot (Kenya) long distances
10. Caterine Ibargüen (Colombia) triple jump

Full details on the 2016 Athlete Of The Year choices can be found in the February edition of Track & Field News.

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