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21 oct 2015

European Athletics Golden Tracks

In Lausanne, they were awarded the titles of best athlete of the year.

The ceremony for the awards for 2015 European Athletics Golden Tracks took place in Lausanne. The winners of the title of European Athlete of the year were Dafne Schippers and Greg Rutherford. The 23 year old Dutch sprinter, voted best European athlete for the second year in a row, having won gold in the 60m at the European Indoor Athletics Championships in Prague, was the star of exciting performances at the World Championships in Athletics in Beijing, before winning silver 100m (running a 10.81, a national record) and then overtaking in the final of the 200m, triumphing with a time of 21.63, the third fastest time ever and European record. The 28 year old British long jumper, achieved the Grand Slam titles outdoor and most importantly, winning the gold medal at the World Championships in Beijing in August. Rutherford received his award from the newly elected IAAF President Sebastian Coe.

Konrad Bukowiecki and Noemi Zbären have been awarded the title of 2015 Rising Stars. The 18 year-old Polish athlete, who won the gold medal at the European Athletics Junior Championships in Eskilstuna, which was icing on the cake of a season in which he first broke the European junior record, he broke the world junior all-time best with  20.78m using the 7.26kg shot.  The young Swiss sprinter was put on display at the European U23 Championships in Tallinn, winning the 100m hurdles with a time of 12.71, her personal best time.

All four winners were decided by the votes from fans, media, European Athletics Member Federations as well as an expert European Athletics panel. Over 80,000 fans cast their votes on social media.