Ethiopia : Almaz Ayana Crowned as IAAF 2016 World Athlete of the Year

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December 2,2016

Almaz Ayana - IAAF World Athlete of the year. Source : Facebook page of IAAF
Almaz Ayana – IAAF World Athlete of the year.
Source : Facebook page of IAAF

International Association of Athletics Federation announced today that Ethiopia ‘s Almaz Ayana is crowned as Female IAAF World Athlete of the year.

In June of this year, Almaz Ayana recorded the fastest 10,000 meters debut in history, according to IAAF report. More importantly, she won 10,000 meters Olympic title at the Rio Olympic in a world record time of 29:17:45. As well, she won Bronze medal in the 5,000 meters although what she aimed for was Olympic double gold medal. It is to be recalled that she apologized Ethiopians for not winning double gold medal as if she did not already made history by breaking new Olympic record in 10,000.

After she learned about her new title, Almaz is quoted as saying, “I don’t have words to explain my feelings right now, I’m so excited.” International Athletics Foundation (IAF) Honorary President HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco presented the award for Almaz Ayana.

This is not the first time for Ethiopian Athletes to win the title. Meseret Defar and Genzebe Dibaba won IAAF World athlete of the year title in 2007 and 2015 respectively.

In Men’s category of this year’s competition, Jamaica‚Äôs Usain Bolt won the title. According to IAAF report, Bolt won the title five times between 2008 and 2013.

To see IAAF report, click here

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