The European Athletics Golden Tracks awards will be presented to the winners during a televised gala evening in Vilnius, Lithuania on Saturday 14 October. As part of the voting process, fans are able to cast their vote in the four categories across our Facebook and Twitter pages.
The award ceremony will culminate with the crowning of the male and female European Athletes of the Year, as well as the male and female Rising Stars, with the social media vote accounting for 25% of the overall vote. The voting is already open for the Rising Stars and the male and female Athlete of the Year nominees will be announced tomorrow.
The media vote, the Member Federation vote and the European Athletics Expert Panel vote each account for 25% of the vote as well.
Fans can cast their vote by retweeting the graphic of the athlete on Twitter, or by liking or sharing the corresponding graphic on Facebook. One retweet, like or share equals one vote but please note that any likes cast on shared posts on Facebook are not counted. The Twitter and Facebook votes will then be combined in order to determine the outcome of the social media vote.
The social media vote remains open until Tuesday 26 September 1200 CET. Shortly afterwards, a shortlist of three finalists will be announced in each category.
Olympic 5000m and 10,000m champion Mo Farah and Olympic and European high jump champion Ruth Beitia were named as the male and female European Athlete of the Year in Funchal, Portugal in 2016 while European triple jump champion Max Hess and Olympic heptathlon champion Nafissatou Thiam were presented with Rising Star trophies.
Ten athletes have been nominated for each category by European Athletics Head Office based on performances achieved in major senior and age-level European Athletics and IAAF championships, as well as other European Athletics and IAAF competition since January.
However, any athlete who has served – or is serving – a two-year doping suspension cannot be shortlisted for a Golden Tracks award.
Male Rising Star nominees
Female Rising Star nominees