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Bohdan Bondarenko Wins Tightest Voting Ever

2013 Track & Field News Men's Athlete of the Year Bohdan BondarenkoThe 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