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Who is your Athlete of the Year?

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posted Nov 21, 2008

I would imagine there is no contest for overseas personality going to Bolt on BBC Sports personality.

He is the only one above that non athletics watchers could name if asked.

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posted Nov 21, 2008

What about that diabled girl who cleaned up at the paralympics?

Or is this award just for the able bodied?

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comment by glexzo (U8311247)

posted Nov 21, 2008

How does Isinbayeva's name stand out surely she is 3rd in the list way behind the other two, it's got to be Jelimo. She is the best 18 year old runner the world has ever seen and this in her first year at an event.

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posted Nov 21, 2008

Don't assume that Bolt is a certainty for Sports Personality - Michael Phelps who won 8 gold medals and must be a very strong contender.

As for the athletics awards - Bolt & Dibaba for me, although it's a tight call with Jelimo given what she's achieved in such a short space of time.

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comment by U9238686

posted Nov 21, 2008

It has to be Bolt, breaking the "unbreakable" 200m WR

3 Golds and 3 WR's, I don't expect to see that happen again, not in my lifetime.

Personally I'm a little sceptical about Jelimo's true age, but even if she isn't 18 she is still a phenomenal runner and she would get my female vote!

Henry - which disabled girl are you talking about? Why not give us her name if you are going to argue her case?

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posted Nov 21, 2008

Soreshins

You may have a point...however the operative word is..personality

Could be a stumbling block

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posted Nov 21, 2008

For me Dibaba and Bolt. To win 5000m and 10000m in the same Olympics is unbelievable.

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comment by Mini (U9221392)

posted Nov 21, 2008

FlyingHurdler
Totally agree with about Jelimo's true age. I thought I was the only one who was skeptical. But saying that a lot of the African nations do that.

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posted Nov 21, 2008

Henry - which disabled girl are you talking about? Why not give us her name if you are going to argue her case?
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I dont remember her name as she didnt get enough media attention, i think there was a lot of back slapping for one evening by the UK media with lots of 'will this bring paralympics out of the shadows' then the next day shes all but forgotten.

She got a bunch of medals, but I have no idea what in.

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comment by paps83 (U3970803)

posted Nov 21, 2008

Bolt and Dibaba for me. Whilst I'm not criticising Isinbayeva for taking the record up a cm at a time, it does strip away some of the excitement for me. Dibaba got also got a WR, but also did a double in fine style.

I'd also expect Bolt to have the edge over Phelps - whilst "personality" is rarely a consideration in SPOTY, in this case it's what will make a lot of non-athletics or swimming fans remember him over Phelps. I reckon Nadal might be in with a shot though - don't think he should be, but he's had pretty consistant coverage this year and obviously there was blanket coverage of him during Wimbledon.

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posted Nov 21, 2008

Is this just open to Athletics? If it isn't I would personally nominate Nastia Liukin, an American gymnast who won 5 medals in Beijing this year.

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posted Nov 21, 2008

Looking at the list of previous winners, El Guerrouj won it 3 times in a row! He was class though, truly dominated in his time, and good to see a record that the sprinters don't hold!

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posted Nov 21, 2008

Bolt and Jelimo.

5k and 10k is a big deal but not unprecedented.

But why write a decent article and spoil it with a childish attack on Paula?

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posted Nov 21, 2008

But why write a decent article and spoil it with a childish attack on Paula?
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We've all had enough of Radcliffe thankyou, please dont mention her again unless she does something worthwhile for her country

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comment by paps83 (U3970803)

posted Nov 21, 2008

"5k and 10k is a big deal but not unprecedented." True, but by definition a world record is unprecedented. Dibaba ran a WR and Jelimo didn't. As exciting as it was to watch Jelimo run, I'd still put Diababa ahead.

Seems like everyone's agreed on Bolt though.

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posted Nov 21, 2008

I suppose I put Jelimo ahead of Dibaba because I regard Dibaba as being of similar ilk to Marita Koch, who's record Jelimo is gunning for.

Mouth of the South, I'll mention who I want thanks.

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posted Nov 23, 2008

Usain Bolt by a country mile.

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posted Nov 23, 2008

In agreement with posters who believe it should be Bolt by a considerable margin...he's streets ahead; what he did in the 100m and 200m in Beijing...and the effective taster sessions these were...( i.e. pointing to the future - demonstrating what he can do and where he can potentially take things ), were lessons for everyone...been following athletics for years...didn't think what he'd done, and in the way that he did it, was possible. If he stays fit and healthy, next year will be even better...

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comment by eziyos (U13632563)

posted Nov 23, 2008

Bolt deserves it as he has revolutionized athletism, and for the females i go for dibaba even though jelimo is a serious contender.

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posted Nov 23, 2008

With 3 gold medals and 3 world records at the Olympics, it seems inevitable that Bolt will win the Male Athlete Of The Year award.

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posted Nov 23, 2008

i'm glad that Jefferson Perez at least got some recognition. He is a true hero of Ecuador.
I would have liked to have seen some recognition for the people who won their respective countries first-ever medals too, such as the Togolese man who won bronze in the Kayak.

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comment by shivfan (U2435266)

posted Nov 25, 2008

BOlt for me too....

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posted Nov 26, 2008

"We've all had enough of Radcliffe thank you" speak for yourself!!!!! its a real shame that someone who makes that kind of comment is really only just showing their entire lack of knowledge regarding marathon running and the training involved. "worthwhile for her country" last week Paula was training with the under 16's scottish national endurance squad, i'm sure if and when any of the members of the squad start to win medals in the years to come, they'll metion how much it meant to them to train with paula and have her share her experience and knowledge - and this is all aswell as bringing the new york city marathon prize back to britain - to paula a marathon is a marathon, whether it be the olympics, or otherwise, all she wants to do is run and win - which, when she's uninjured, is exactly what she does do - as far as i'm concnered she's about as worthwhile as it gets and as i've said before, if there are people out there who dont recognise this - then they should be ashanmed of their lack of knowledge regarding distance running!! ps - bolt for me too (behind paula!!)

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posted Nov 26, 2008

Radcliffe has not only taken the spotlight away from other athletes with her constant pining for media attention, as well barged to the front of the queue to particpate in events when she is injured and knows full well she could not win - thus denying younger hard working athletes the chance to participate - this years marathon in Beijing is the case in point.

Athletics should not be celebrity led, Radcliffe has had more than enough attention.

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comment by U9238686

posted Nov 26, 2008

how boring... Mouth you are one of the biggest WUM's on these boards and you're going to be sytematically ignored.

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posted Nov 26, 2008

its the media who determine who is in the "spotlight" not the individual athletes, as far as i could see, paula kept an entirely low profile - actively avoiding the media in the build up to the olympic marathon, the media focus on the athletes in which the people who watch/read/listen to articles are interested. Paula is the marathon world record holder - and as far as i can tell nobody is likely to come close to taking her title from her - she is therefore the best in the business - naturally as a result of this other athletes are likely to be inspired by her and us as runners are very interested in charting her progress. the only memorable olympic coverage which i can think of was that relating to sprinting, cycling and swimming (in this particular year - quite rightly so) if anything paula was given less coverage than i, as an interested fellow athlete, would like to have seen. it will be interesting to see if Usain Bolt (for whom i have nothing but total admiration and a great deal of respect) is still as prominent and successful in ten years time - he's won several races this year and all of a sudden he's a super hero?? ok, but that shouldnt take away from our admiration and respect for other athletes like paula who have known success and heartbreak (due to injury not lack of motivation or enthusiasm for their sport) - as has been previously stated, paula took the time to conduct a training/question answer session with the scottish under 16's endurance squad last week in stirling, both her and liz mccolgan have been in the "spotlight" in the past week raising awareness for the up and coming young scottish stars of the future, isnt that a perfect example of the way in which paula is all too happy to use her so called celebrity status to help others in the sport. and for the avoidance of all doubt - i still think bolt is entirely deserving of athlete of the year.

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comment by U9238686

posted Nov 26, 2008

Well ignored.....

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posted Nov 26, 2008

Usain bolt is the current hero in Athletics.
Although The Russian lady get the award , I go for Dibaba because she is the first female athlete who won double in 5km and 10km in the history of Olympic.

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posted Nov 27, 2008

Has to be Bolt and Dibaba

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posted Nov 28, 2008

My athlete of the year:

Male: Bolt
Female: Jelimo

My performance of the year however goes to Sammy Wanjiru who won the Olympic Marathon in 2hr 6mins in those oppressive conditions was truely great.

Best of British in 2008:

Only one winner here and thats Christine Ohuruogu. As for the men Dan Robinson maybe or the High Jumper but no one else.

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comment by U9238686

posted Nov 28, 2008

My british male vote is for Phillips

Olympic Silver and consistently the best in the world pre-beijing, took a special jump to beat him. In the end 2nd in the world after 08. No other Males with that this year.

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posted Nov 29, 2008

i would go for the two ethiopians.

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comment by george (U11834577)

posted Dec 4, 2008

it got 2 bolt the best raceisthe 200m that willnot b broken for a long time
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posted Dec 6, 2008

Definiteley

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posted Dec 7, 2008

No I HATE HIM!!!

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posted Dec 8, 2008

What Bolt did in Beijing was simply astonishing. Breaking Michael Johnson's 200m record (which had previously been thought to be unbreakable for decades) was even a greater accomplishment than the 100m record. For those reasons Bolt fully deserves to be named as the athlete of the year.

However, for the life of me, I still can't fathom how it is possible for a sprinter, even one as naturally talented as Bolt, to improve so much in just one year to go from 10secs plus in 100m to below 9.70secs (in only his 5th or 6th competitive race) and to go from 19.8secs plus in 200m to break Johnsonís record!!

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posted Dec 8, 2008

Usain is the best and most memorable athlete of the year

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comment by colmkav (U8715425)

posted Dec 10, 2008

What a silly question. Does that really need debating? Provided the guy is clean (and innocent until proven guilty whatever the obvious suspicions) there is no argument. Bolt is by a 100miles the athlete of the year.

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posted Dec 10, 2008

I've had sleepless nights myself thinking about how Bolt "bolted" into the scene with such astonishing clock readings, but it will only be fair to accept the obvious. Bolt is a superbly naturally gited athlete and has been running for a while now in the lower cadres. A good coach with the right material to work with, can produce near impossibilities! Bolt is my athlete of the year!!

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comment by Sticko (U9717456)

posted Dec 10, 2008

No Michael Phelps is. End of.

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posted Dec 10, 2008

Bolt. Double end of.

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posted Dec 10, 2008

Anyone but Radcliffe

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posted Dec 10, 2008

Phelps is best all round sportsman by a mile. Streets ahead of anyone else. Bolts is best athlete and 2nd best sportsman of the year.

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comment by U9238686

posted Dec 10, 2008

I'd go for Bolt over Phelps

As a great swimmer he can get those numerous golds without changing much in his performace between each event. Thats just the way swimming works. not to say his achievements aren't very special though.

However, Bolt destroyed the world record in arguably the three biggest attraction races at the games, became a global superstar and absolutely shocked everyone who witnessed it. Especially in that 200m final.

Phelps was almost expected to get his golds, would have been more of a shock had he not done so.

That is why Bolt would get my Vote. As his runs were possible the greatest things I have ever witnessed in sport for pure amazament.

THAT drop-goal RWC 03 would be my favourite moment for anyone interested haha. I was there, and I cried

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posted Dec 10, 2008

Bolt should get it for breaking that phenomenal 200m world record alone. But to win three with three world records (when was the last time a world record was broken in one of these events at the Olympics let alone three) is just unheard of.

Swimming is just not as competitive on a global scale. Superb achievement without a doubt but not enough competition and too many close events to compare swimming and running like for like.

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posted Dec 10, 2008

Bolt is athlete of the year, but Phelps needs a special recognition award to make up for it.

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comment by glbqos (U13736379)

posted Dec 10, 2008

how can you say you dont change much between event in swimming? Are you implying that doing an I/M is the same as doing a 200fly? if so that is a lot of rubbish. In my opinion, sprinting for 100 and 200 meters is exactly the same technique wise, all you need to do is run an extra 100, and bareing in mind Phelps does various different evvents at different distances, makes him a a better sportsman by far.

Also Phelphs is the only person in history to win 8 gold medals in the pool, he also broke 7 world records along the way. I agree that is is easier to become a multiple medal winner in the pool, but its certainly not easy to win 8 golds, and in my opinion puts it onto a par with Bolts achievments.

And finally about their personalities. The fact Phelps had to do finals in the morning, and heats later that day, means that he cant get to carried away about winning or get to pumped up before a race as he has several races a day and cant use all his energy on one or two. Bolt on the other hand didn't have this problem so his personality was obvioulsy going to be more outgoing as his sport is not as demanding.

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posted Dec 10, 2008

I think Bolt over Phelps.

Whatever swimming fans say about the strokes being different etc, and I accept that, swimming simply can't be as competitive as other sports. If it is then it is an amazing coincidence that so many athletes are able to go for medals in more than 3 or 4 events.

Which other sport lets you do that?

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posted Dec 10, 2008

I think Usain Bolt should win the sport of the year award as he is Jamaican and he broke Michael Johnson's 200m Record nd he broke his own 100m record and Asafa Powell, Nesta Carter, Usain Bolt and Michael Frater broke the 4 x 100m world record. He has done a lot of things in his career and his still has more to come as he is a young guy. Fax the yam at the next OLYMPICS.biggrin

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