Olympic gold winners Elaine Thompson-Herah and Karsten Warholm have been named the World Athletes of the Year at the World Athletics Awards

Niladri Biswas
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Olympic gold medal winners Elaine Thompson-Herah of Jamaica and Karsten Warholm of Norway have been named the World Athletes of the Year at the World Athletics Awards 2021, a ceremony held virtually on Wednesday. So let us have a look at the other given Awards.

Female Rising Star

Athing Mu

The US teenager was undefeated at 800m all year; winning Olympic gold at the distance following a long but successful collegiate season. She broke the senior US 800m record with her victory in Tokyo and then improved it to 1:55.04 just a few weeks later. Athing Mu also graced at 400m, clocking a North American U20 record of 49.57 for the distance. She won the Female Rising Star in the World Athletics of the Year Awards.

"It means the world to know that my support goes beyond friends and families and extends worldwide," said Mu. "This award shows all young girls that your dreams can, indeed, come true."

Athing Mu - World Athletics of the Year - Sportz point

Athing Mu. Photo-

Male Rising Star

Erriyon Knighton

Throughout 2021 the 17-year-old took down several marks that had belonged to sprint legend Usain Bolt. Knighton first set world U18 bests of 20.11 and 20.04 over 200m; but his rapid rise continued and he broke Bolt's world U20 record for the distance with 19.88 and 19.84. He went on to finish fourth in the Olympic final with 19.93. He won the Male Rising Star in the World Athletics of the Year Awards.

"I'm really thankful for this award," said Knighton. "One of my most memorable moments of this year was making it to the Olympic final in Tokyo and finishing fourth at the age of 17."

Erriyon Knighton - World Athletics of the Year - Sportz point

Erriyon Knighton. Photo- WLFA

Member Federations Award

Federación Costarricense de Atletismo (Costa Rica)

In recognition for their outstanding training, competition, and development program roll-out over the past 12 months, for their consultative work on the World Athletics Kids' Athletics program, and for successfully staging a host of international events over the past year.

Inspiration Award

Mutaz Barshim and Gianmarco Tamberi

The shared high jump victory between Qatar's Mutaz Barshim and Italy's Gianmarco Tamberi became one of the biggest talking points of the Olympic Games – not only for everything it represented in their own individual careers having both battled serious injuries since the last Games, but mainly for the act of respect and sportsmanship between two friends.

"It is just crazy if I think about this story," said Tamberi. "Thank you very much for this trophy.

"I now call Mutaz like five times a week because I need to speak with him. I feel that now we are not just friends, we are really like blood brothers."

Barshim added: "I hope to inspire more people to love our sport and maybe share a gold one day!"

Mutaz Barshim and Gianmarco Tamberi - World Athletics of the Year - Sportz point

Mutaz Barshim and Gianmarco Tamberi. Photo- Aljazeera

President's Award

Peter Diamond, Executive Vice President of NBC Olympic programming

"Athletics owes Peter a massive debt of gratitude," said World Athletics President Sebastian Coe. "Peter has worked alongside us for effectively 40 years and has been a constant source of great advice and wise counsel, and occasional humor that has softened the edges of any particular situation. And he has made athletics a lot better."

Peter Diamond - World Athletics of the Year - Sportz point

Peter Diamond. Photo- NBC

Coaching Achievement Award

Bobby Kersee

The US coach has guided the careers of many legendary athletes over the years; but this year two of his charges made history. Allyson Felix became the most decorated female track and field Olympian in history after winning her 10th and 11th Olympic gold medals in Tokyo; while training partner Sydney McLaughlin broke two world records in the 400m hurdles and claimed Olympic gold in the discipline.

Bobby Kersee

Bobby Kersee

Woman of the Year Award

Anju Bobby George

The former international long jump star from India is still actively involved in the sport. In 2016 she opened a training academy for young girls, which has already helped to produce a world U20 medallist. A constant voice for gender equality in her role as Senior Vice President of the Indian Athletics Federation, Bobby George also mentors schoolgirls for future leadership positions within the sport.

Anju Bobby George

Anju Bobby George. Photo- Wiki

World Athletics Photograph of the Year

Jean-Pierre Durand

Jean-Pierre Durand

Jean-Pierre Durand. Photo- Le quipe
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