Lavillenie, Harting and Perkovic named sports personalities of the year in their countries

Lavillenie, Harting and Perkovic named sports personalities of the year in their countries
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Renaud Lavillenie also received the Golden Tracks award from the hands of European Athletics President Hansjörg Wirz.

Three of athletics' best athletes France's Renaud Lavillenie, Germany's Robert Harting and Croatia's Sandra Perkovic were voted as Sports Persons of the year for 2014 in their respective countries following their gold medals in Zurich.

Lavillenie was crowned Champion of Champions by L'Equipe newspaper in a contest that rewards the best sportsman in the world in 2014 after his 6.16m pole vault world record in Donetsk. He also won best French athlete as well as the internet fan vote, here he is with all three trophies.

 

 

This is the third time discus champion Harting wins the German sportsman of the year, as he was joined by skier Maria Höfl-Riesch and Joachim Löw who coached the national football team to World Cup triumph.

 

 

Sandra Perkovic was voted as the sportswomen of the year by the Croatian National Olympic Committee after her dominant performance in Zurich. At the age of 24 this was already her third consecutive European title and it seems that the sky is truly the limit for this pure discus talent.