Abele and Luckenkemper voted German Athletes of the Year

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German veteran Arthur Abele was crowned decathlon champion at the Berlin 2018 European Athletics Championships

Arthur Abele and Gina Luckenkemper were voted male and female German Athletes of the Year and will receive their trophies at the German Indoor Championships in Leipzig on 16-17 February.

Nearly 27,000 votes were cast online and Abele and Luckenkemper both emerged as the decisive winners in their respective categories.

On the men’s side, Abele received 39.3 percent of the vote share ahead of fellow European champions Mateusz Przybylko (20.4 percent) and Thomas Rohler (8.2 percent) while Luckenkemper received 27.3 percent of the vote share ahead of European champions Gesa Felicitas Krause (21.6 percent) and Malaika Mihambo (9.9 percent).

This was the first time both Abele and Luckenkemper had received these plaudits. Abele, who was the oldest athlete in the line-up, won a poignant gold medal in the decathlon at the Berlin 2018 European Athletics Championships and Luckenkemper won silver medals in both the 100m and 4x100m relay.

Luckenkemper is planning an abbreviated indoor season but Abele has already confirmed a number of appearances ahead of the Glasgow 2019 European Athletics Indoor Championships where he is aiming for the heptathlon title.

European U18 pole vault champion Leni-Freyja Wildgrube and fellow pole vaulter Bo Kanda Lita Baehre were named female and male Germany Junior Athletes of the Year with 23.2 and 23.8 percent of the vote share respectively.