23.11.08 Zone 5 SPORT 2008 World Athletes of the Year Award

2008 WORLD ATHLETICS GALA
MONTE-CARLO, 23RD NOVEMBER 2008

During the World Athletics Gala hosted by International Athletic Foundation (IAF) Honorary President HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco and IAF & IAAF President Lamine Diack in the Salle des Etoiles of the Sporting Club d’Eté Monte Carlo, Usain Bolt from Jamaica and Yelena Isinbayeva from Russia have been crowned the Male and Female World Athletes of the Year 2008 (attached the winners’ personal profile).

MONDO company, main Sponsor of the Gala evening since almost two decades is proud to honor all the athletes who keep on making Athletics a unique sport, and share with them the values of fair competition and continuous challenges.

Other 2008 World Athletics Gala Awards (Taken from the IAAF website):
Male Performance of the Year


Dayron Robles (CUB)**
Note: Liu Xiang (CHN) collected his Performance of the Year Trophy for 2006 when he was unable to attend the World Athletics Gala.
Female Performance of the Year**
Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH)
Barbora Spotakova (CZE)
Revelation of the year Award
Pamela Jelimo (KEN)
Distinguished Career Award
Kajsa Bergqvist (SWE)
Stefan Holm (SWE)
Jefferson Pérez (ECU)
Inspirational Award
Henry Rono (KEN)
80 Years of Women Athletes at the Olympic Games
Jackie Joyner-Kersee (USA)
Special Olympic Award
Usain Bolt (JAM)
Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH)
Yelena Isinbayeva (RUS)
Françoise Mbango (CMR)
Angelo Taylor (USA)
Andreas Thorkildsen (NOR)
**Exceptionally, considering the incredible depth of candidates for the Performance of the Year award, the International Athletic Foundation Panel decided to extend the number of finalists to the top 5, and make awards to two female athletes.
For further information please refer to the official www.iaaf.org website.

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