Usain Bolt & Yelena Isinbayeva Name IAAF 2008 Athlete of the year

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt won the much coveted IAAF 2008 Athlete of the year today in at the World Athletic Gala held in Monte Carlo. My own personal favorite pole vault record holder Yelena Isinbayeva took the female category over other Jamaicans such as Veronica Campbell-Brown and Melaine Walker. Both Yelena and Usain get a nice little cherry on this cake of $100,000 US dollars each for their outstanding athletics this year, most notably the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

IAAF Winners

2008 IAAF Athlete of the year winners

Photo: REUTERS

Bolt who had a spectacular year having broken his own world record in the 100m , breaking a 12 year record in the 200m and help Jamaica cap the men’s relay after wining the award said:

“I have a motto that anything is possible, but this really is such an honour,” said Bolt, who became Jamaica’s first Olympic 100 metres champion”

“Just to be included with every great name in the sport is wonderful. I’ll try to do it year after year.”

Russia’s Yelena Isinbayeva today won her third IAAF Athlete of the year award having won in 2005 and 2006 and said

“I’m very proud. It feels like the first time”

yelena

Isinbayeva kept fans the edge of their seats through out the year as she bests her own record by the cm, of course she successfully defended her title at the Beijing games this year despite detractors who question her ability to go any higher. Yelena Isinbayeva broke her second Olympic world record in Beijing.

Other mentionable nominees include Ethiopian distance runner Tirunesh Dibaba who won both the 5000 and 10,000 meters at the Olympics. The African continent is known for producing the best long distance runners and they might have not taken home the more prestigious Athlete of the year award but eighteen year old Pamela Jelimo of Kenya took home the Revelation of the Year award, she won the $1 million IAAF jackpot this year. Talking about jackpots might sound like online casino language but there some serious cheddar in sports peeps.

By the way much respect to all who voted online which help weigh the winners this year.

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~ by RB on November 23, 2008.

5 Responses to “Usain Bolt & Yelena Isinbayeva Name IAAF 2008 Athlete of the year”

  1. Kudos to Yelena and Usain!!

  2. Both make athletics interesting. congratulations fi real

  3. Congrats to Bolt and Yelena!

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