Men's and women's Rising Star finalists for 2019 announced

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The votes have been added up and we can now reveal the men’s and women’s Rising Star finalists.

Ten outstanding young athletes were nominated for the accolade based on their performances this year and the winners will be announced and presented with their trophies at the Golden Tracks award ceremony in Tallinn, Estonia on Saturday (26).

The Golden Tracks voting procedure takes into account fan voting across social media, media voting, European Athletics Member Federations voting as well as the expert European Athletics Panel vote. Each component accounts for 25 percent of the voting process.

Last year’s Rising Stars were Belarusian Elvira Herman on the women’s side while fellow European champions Jakob Ingebrigtsen from Norway and Sweden's Armand Duplantis shared the award on the men’s side. The roll-of-honour also included Jessica Ennis-Hill (2007), Sandra Perkovic (2010), David Storl (2011), Mariya Lasitskene (2014), Nafissatou Thiam (2016) and Karsten Warholm (2017).

There will be live streaming of the Golden Tracks award ceremony with more details to follow later this week. 

Niklas Kaul (GER), 21

-European U23 decathlon champion
-World decathlon champion
-European U23 decathlon record of 8691 points
-Third in the Gotzis Hypo-Meeting

At 21, Kaul became the youngest ever world decathlon champion by three years in Doha. The German set three lifetime bests on the second day, including a championship best of 79.05m in the javelin.

Myhaylo Kokhan (UKR), 18

-European U20 hammer (6kg) champion
-European Throwing Cup U23 winner 
-Fifth at the IAAF World Athletics Championships
-European U20 hammer record of 84.73m

Six weeks after celebrating his 18th birthday, Kokhan won the U23 category at the European Throwing Cup before extending his dominance of age-group championships with gold at the European U20 Championships. He became the youngest ever male thrower to reach a World Championships final, finishing an excellent fifth in Doha with 77.39m.

Maksim Nedasekau (BLR), 21

-European U23 high jump champion
-The Match Europe v United States winner
-European Athletics Team Championships First League winner
-Fourth at the IAAF World Athletics Championships

Injury curtailed his indoor season but Nedasekau put together a prolific outdoor season which was highlighted with victories at the European U23 Championships and the inaugural edition of The Match in Minsk where he cleared 2.35m to help the hosts to the team trophy. 

Yaroslava Mahuchikh (UKR), 18

-European U20 high jump champion
-World silver medallist 
-World U20 records of 2.02m and 2.04m
-Equal world indoor U20 record of 1.99m

Less than two weeks after celebrating her 18th birthday, Mahuchikh shadowed one of the recent greats of the high jump in Mariya Lasitskene by clearing world U20 records of 2.02m and 2.04m to win silver on countback at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha. Mahuchikh also equalled the world indoor U20 record with 1.99m and she has one more season left in the junior ranks to further rewrite the record books.

Anna Emilie Moller (DEN), 22

-European U23 3000m steeplechase and 5000m champion
-European Athletics Team Championships Second League winner at 1500m and 3000m
-Seventh in the 3000m steeplechase at the IAAF World Athletics Championships
-European U23 3000m steeplechase records of 9:24.21, 9:18.92 and 9:13.46

Moller came away from the European U23 Championships with two gold medals. After setting a championship record of 9:27.31 in the 3000m steeplechase, Moller won the 5000m the following day in a sprint finish in 15:07.70. The Dane also excelled at the IAAF World Athletics Championships, taking more than 10 seconds off her European U23 record to finish seventh in the 3000m steeplechase.

Ewa Swoboda (POL), 22

-European indoor 60m champion
-European U23 100m champion
-IAAF World Indoor Tour 60m winner

Ewa Swoboda dominated the indoor season with 14 wins (including heats) from 15 races over 60m which culminated with gold at the European Indoor Championships. Outdoors, the Pole successfully defended her European U23 100m title and displaced her three-year-old 100m lifetime best with 11.07 in Berlin.