Full Winners World Athletics Awards
Full Winners World Athletics Awards
The World Athletics Award is an annual award that is organised every year to honour the achievement of individuals, athletes, and organisations. The athletes with distinction performances are nominated by the association and one is being selected to be crowned as the winner.
All nominated athletes are given a recipient as a token of recognition of excellence for the year.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2021 World Athletics Awards was staged as a virtual event. A total of ten awards were presented during the ceremony. The ceremony was hosted by long jump star and marathon great Paula Radcliffe.
Below are the winners of the 2021 World Athletics Awards
Female Athlete of the Year – Elaine Thompson-Herah of Jamaica
“I just take it year by year. “I went very close to the world record so you know, anything is possible. No spikes hanging up any time soon!
“The World Championships in Oregon is most definitely my next big target,” she added. “It is close to home, I hope friends and family can come out and watch. I hope I get some crowd as well. That couldn’t happen in Tokyo but hopefully, in Eugene I can get my friends and family to come and cheer me on”, said Thompson-Herah
Male Athlete of the Year – Karsten Warholm of Norway
I’m so happy for this,” said Warholm. “First when I saw the time (in Tokyo), I was like, ‘This must be a mistake!’ Because I didn’t see that one coming. And I didn’t see the victory coming before crossing the finish line.
“It was a very intense race, I knew the American and the Brazilian, and all the other guys were really chasing me. I always go out hard and I never know what is going on behind me. I was just fighting all the way to the finish line. When I realised 45.94 was the reality, I was thinking: ‘This is not too bad. I’ll take it!’”
“We have this year celebrated some jaw-dropping performances in Tokyo, at the World Athletics U20 Championships in Nairobi and through our one-day meeting circuits – the Wanda Diamond League and the Continental Tour. So we’re delighted to recognise some of our stars at tonight’s awards.
“As a sport, we are in an incredibly strong position. 2021 has been an excellent year. We cemented our position as the number 1 Olympic sport coming out of Tokyo, we have the most God-given talented athletes on the planet and our sport is the most accessible of all sports. Thank you to all our athletes around the world. I am looking forward to watching what you can all do in 2022.”
Female Rising Star of the Year – Athing Mu of United States of America
“It means the world to know that my support goes beyond friends and families and extends worldwide. This award shows all young girls that your dreams can, indeed, come true’’, said Mu.
Male Rising Star of the Year – Erriyon Knighton of United States
“I’m really thankful for this award. 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”, said Knighton.
Member Federations Award of the Year – Federacion Costarricense de Atletismo (Costa Rica).
Inspiration Award – Mutaz Barshim of Qatar and Gianmarco Tamberi of Italy
“It is just crazy if I think about this story. 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 said Tamberi.
“I hope to inspire more people to love our sport and maybe share a gold one day!’’, said Barshim.
Presidents’ Award – Peter Diamond, Executive Vice President of NBC Olympic Programming
“Athletics owes Peter a massive debt of gratitude. Peter has worked alongside us for effectively 40 years and has been a constant source of great advice and wise counsel, and occasional humour that has softened the edges of any particular situation. And he has made athletics a lot better”, said World Athletics President Sebastian Coe.
Coaching Achievement Award – Bobby Kersee of United States
Woman of the Year Award – Anju Bobby George
Jean-Pierre Durand World Athletics Photograph
“This winning image was taken on one of the morning sessions in Tokyo and it was a hot one. I wanted to illustrate the heat and how it was affecting the athletes. It is a picture that I worked on for a while, and it all came together. I am really with it. I think it’s incredibly fitting that this award is named in memory of Jean-Pierre Durand. I had the pleasure of working alongside him, most recently at the Tokyo Olympics”, said Pierse.
The World Athletics President, Sebastian Coe congratulated all of tonight’s winners and finalists on their extraordinary achievements this year.