New voting procedure for European Athlete of the Month

Athlete of the month
European Athletics

A new voting procedure has been introduced for European Athlete of the Month.

The voting now solely takes place through our European Athletics Twitter and Facebook pages. Athletes with the most combined Twitter 'retweets' and Facebook 'likes' will be named winners.

The number of athletes nominated for the award has also now been reduced from 10 men and women to 5 each.

The voting for March closes at 18:00 CET on Thursday 2 April, so hurry up and cast your vote!

MEN

 

Ali Kaya (TUR) dominated the 3000m final at the European Athletics Indoor Championships before setting a national and championship record of 7:38.42 on 7 March.

 

Mo Farah (GBR) ran a European half marathon record of 59:32 when he won at the EDP Lisbon Half Marathon on 22 March, also passing 20km in a European best of 56:27.

 

Pawel Maslak (CZE) ran a 400m championship record of 45.33 to win in front of a delighted home crown at the European Athletics Indoor Championships on 7 March.

 

Renaud Lavillenie (FRA) leapt a world-leading 6.04m to win the pole vault at the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Prague on 8 March.

 

Yohann Diniz (FRA) set a 20km race walk world record of 1:17.02 at the French Championships in Arles on 8 March.

 

WOMEN

 

Anzhelika Sidorova (RUS) won the pole vault with a European-leading and absolute personal best of 4.80m at the European Athletics Indoor Championships on 8 March.

 

Dafne Schippers (NED) got a personal best and European-leading time of 7.07 in her 60m heat at the European Athletics Indoor Championships and the 2014 European Athlete of the Year improved to 7.05 to win the gold on 8 March.

 

Ivana Spanovic (SRB) flew out to a national record and winning mark of 6.98m at the European Athletics Indoor Championships on 7 March, the best distance by a European this year.

 

Katarina Johnson-Thompson (GBR) put together a championship best and world-leading total of 5000 points, the second best tally in history, to win the pentathlon gold at the European Athletics Indoor Championships on 6 March.

 

Sandra Perkovic (CRO) produced a world-leading 70.08m to win the discus at her national winter throwing championships in Split on 8 March.

 

The European Athlete of the Month initiative was launched in January 2007 and is designed to recognise outstanding performers at all levels of the sport in Europe.

No athlete who has previously served a two-year doping ban can be nominated.