Mutaz Essa Barshim and Nafissatou Thiam named world athletes of the year by IAAF
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 24/11/17 9:49pm
Mutaz Essa Barshim and Nafissatou Thiam have been named world athletes of the year by the IAAF.
Qatari high jumper Barshim and Belgian multi-event specialist Thiam received their trophies at an event in Monaco.
World champion Barshim produced an undefeated season across 11 competitions in becoming the first high jumper in history to leap 2.40 metres or higher in five successive years.
Thiam, the recipient of last year's Female Rising Star Award after claiming the Olympic heptathlon title, became world champion in London with a score of 6,784 points.
IAAF president Sebastian Coe said: "Tonight is our time to celebrate. Athletics looks forward to a strong and exciting future, safe in your hands."
Recently retired sprinter Usain Bolt won the president's award, which recognises and honours great service to the sport.