Barshim and Thiam named world athletes of year by IAAF
November 25, 2017 | 4:38 PM
by Reuters
Athletics - IAAF Athletics Awards - Grimaldi Forum, Monaco - November 24, 2017 Belgium's Nafissatou Thiam (2nd L) with the Female Athlete Of The Year award, Qatar's Mutaz Essa Barshim (2nd R) with the Male Athlete Of The Year award, Venezuela's Yulimar Rojas (R) with the Women's Rising Star Award and Norway's Karsten Warholm (L) with the Male Rising Star Award celebrate with their trophies REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Monaco: High jumper Mutaz Essa Barshim and heptathlete Nafissatou Thiam were named male and female world athletes of the year by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) at a ceremony in Monaco on Friday.

Qatari Barshim, 26, was unbeaten in 11 competitions in 2017, winning gold at the world championships and romping to the Diamond League crown.

Thiam, 23, also took the world title to add to her Olympic crown and broke through the 7,000 points barrier by registering 7,013 at a meeting in Austria. IAAF President Sebastian Coe presented the trophy to Barshim, while International Athletics Foundation (IAF) Honorary President Prince Albert II of Monaco presented the trophy to Thiam.

"Tonight is our time to celebrate," Coe said.

"We have recognised the achievements and remarkable careers of some outstanding athletes, coaches and officials."

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