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    SprintRelayFan
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    Crouser for me male. Just consummate, and as Christy says it's a competitive event - in fact, can't we tempt some of the Americans over here?!?
    ETH female - she's taken the 100 to places I never thought it would go and triple gold in Tokyo can't be ignored.
    I'd go Keely for Brit athlete. Laura has been impressive, but Keely's overall record and progression
    Male Brit? I guess you can't see past Josh Kerr, but sheesh.

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  • Christy93
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    Crouser the male and overall athlete of the year, and for me it was't even a tough call: Indoor WR, outdoor WR, Olympic Champ and unbeaten DL champ in a real golden era for his event.

    Warholm individual performance of the year, ETH female athlete of the year.

    Laura Muir Brit of the year for me. I respect that Keely won the DL and Euro Indoors, but I think Laura's run in Tokyo was just a slightly different level in class - 3.54 blew my mind.

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  • MysteryBrick
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    I can understand the argument for Crouser, but as Soviet has already said Warholm's performance was the greatest I've ever seen, and the one people will still be talking about in 50 years.

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  • Laps
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    For me Warholm and ETH for the reasons Sovietvest gave. Warholm's the one that astonished me.

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  • Sovietvest
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    I would put ETH above Rojas and McLaughlin. Agreed, her time should be a WR. She faced far stiffer competition than Rojas and the event is generally far more competitive than the W TJ, where relatively few people take it up. McLaughlin simply didn't compete enough.

    Warholm edges Crouser for me because I believe whereas Crouser's WR was something that looked within the realms of possibility prior to the season starting, Warholm's 45.94 was far, far beyond anything anyone could have imagined. The greatest athletic performance I have seen in my lifetime.

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  • Occasional Hope
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    Yes, but no opportunity for Rojas to do two, whereas 100/200 (and indeed relay) is a common combo of very similar events.
  • philipo
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    Rojas in one event. ETH two events. Do not forget that.

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  • Ursus
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    Crouser edges the men’s for sheer consistency over a much longer season than Warholm. In the first half of the season you’d have had money on Vetter being in this conversation…..

    Thompson-Herah excellent and maybe the single performance of the season, but not as dominant as Rojas. In 8 comps Rojas turned in the perfect record of the 8 longest jumps in the world with a worst of 15.12 (ridiculous DL rule meaning she didn’t win in Monaco when any sane person knows she did really…..). Twice over the old WR.

    Brit wise hard to look past Hodgkinson.

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  • philipo
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    I go with you completely on the mens AOY but disagree strongly on the womens. In my eyes the w. omens 100m world record was s et this year by a double olympic champion unbeaten in all major races; far better than Sydney who was also great in one event. Rojasd a good third. . Plse do not tell me about the great fraud of the druggies 10.49 withe 0.0 wind until you have read fully Dr.Linthorpes conclusive report requested and then ignored by the cowards of IAAF.

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  • Occasional Hope
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    started a topic Athletes of the Year

    Athletes of the Year

    For me, male athlete of the year is a tie between Ryan Crouser and Karsten Warholm. Both completely dominated their event all the way through the season to the DL finals, won the Olympic title and set world records. Crouser was head and shoulders above the opposition, while Warholm dominated despite strong competition from Rai Benjamin.

    Female athlete of the year is a bit harder, but I think Yulimar Rojas just edges out Sydney McLaughlin. Both set world records and won Olympic titles, but McLaughlin didn't compete as much internationally. Elaine Thompson-Herah is third: three Olympic gold medals and although no WR, came closer than anyone would have expected to a WR widely thought to be unreachable, but not unbeaten.

    British athlete of the year is a clear win for Keely Hodgkinson: British record (and a tough one to beat), silver medal behind a generational talent, and the DL final win to polish things off. Laura Muir second, with a silver medal taking the scalp of the overreaching Sifan Hassan and breaking her own British record; and Josh Kerr third for his silver.

    Moment of the Year: that shared HJ gold.

    Who are your choices?
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