World Athletics Gala celebrates superb year

Monte-Carlo – The world-wide Athletics family will gather for yet another prestigious celebration when the 2009 World Athletics Gala is held at the Salle des Etoiles of the Sporting Club d’Eté this Sunday 22 November.

Hosted by International Athletic Foundation (IAF) Honorary President HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco and IAF & IAAF President Lamine Diack, the World Athletics Gala will be highlighted by the announcements of the Male and the Female World Athlete of the Year 2009, with the awards presented live on stage.

Following a fantastic year for track and field and a superb edition of the IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Berlin five men and five women are still in contention for the prestigious award.

World Athletes of the Year Finalists

  • Kenenisa Bekele, Ethiopia
  • Usain Bolt, Jamaica
  • Tyson Gay, USA
  • Steven Hooker, Australia
  • Andreas Thorkildsen, Norway
  • Yelena Isinbayeva, Russia
  • Sanya Richards, USA
  • Valerie Vili, New Zealand
  • Blanka Vlasic, Croatia
  • Anita Wlodarczyk, Poland

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