10 NOV 2008 General News

AND NOW VOTE FOR THE PERFORMANCES OF THE YEAR!

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The 2008 World Athletics Gala in Monaco on 23 November, the prestigious annual global awards night for athletics, as well as the crowning of the 2008 World Athletes of the Year (Man and Woman), will witness the announcement of the 2008 Performance of the Year (Man and Woman) live on stage.

We are now giving you the chance to select your three performances for the men and three performances for the women who you think deserve to be shortlisted for the Performance of the Year Award. Each vote will count as one point.

The vote will close on Sunday 16 November 2008, midnight CET.

Click here to vote for the Performances of the Year

Candidates for the Performance of the Year Awards
Athletes listed in alphabetical order


Men

Kenenisa Bekele (ETH)   12:57.82/5000m  Beijing  23 August 
An Olympic record to complete a superb 5000/10,000m double and a fantastic performance in the lead from 2000m out

Usain Bolt (JAM)     9.69/100m   Beijing  16 August
A World record – set while easing off 15 metres from the finish line – to win the Olympic 100m final with the equal biggest winning margin

Usain Bolt (JAM)     19.30/200m   Beijing  20 August
A World record to win the Olympic 200m final, an improvement of 2 hundredths of a second on Michael Johnson’s historical World record set 12 years ago at the Atlanta Olympic Games

Bryan Clay (USA)    8832/Decathlon  Eugene 30 June
A rise to equal fifth in the all-time performers list and the best score in four years to win the US Olympic Trials

Haile Gebrselassie (ETH)   2:03:59/Marathon  Berlin   28 September 
A World Marathon record and barrier breaking performance, the first ever sub 2:04 and an improvement over the previous standard by 27 seconds

Jamaica’s 4x100m Relay Team  37.10/4x100m   Beijing  22 August
A World record to win the Olympic 4x100m title and an improvement over the previous standard by 3 tenths of a second by the team of Nesta Carter, Michael Frater, Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell

Abubaker Kaki (SUD)   1:42.69/800m   Oslo  6 June
A World Junior record and impressive win over older athletes at the Oslo Golden League meeting

LaShawn Merritt (USA)   43.75/400m   Beijing  21 August
A rise to fifth place in the all-time performers list to win the 400m Olympic final and the much awaited duel with defending champion Jeremy Wariner, the biggest winning margin in Olympic history since 1896

Dayron Robles (CUB)   12.87/110m Hurdles  Ostrava 12 June
A World record improvement by 1 hundredth of a second
 
Irving Saladino (PAN)   8.73/Long Jump  Hengelo 24 May
The longest jump in 14 years and a rise to 7th place in the all-time performers list

Zersenay Tadese (ERI)   59:56/Half Marathon  Rio de Janeiro 12 October
A solo win to take his third consecutive World Half Marathon Championships title

Angelo Taylor (USA)    47.25/400m Hurdles  Beijing  18 August
A rise to ninth place in the all-time performers list and the fastest time in three years to win the Olympic 400m Hurdles final

Samuel Wanjiru (KEN)   2:06.32/Marathon  Beijing  24 August
The fastest ever Marathon in a championships and a performance achieved without pace makers and in tough conditions

Women


Veronica Campbell-Brown (JAM)  21.74/200m   Beijing  21 August
The fastest time in 10 years to defend the 200m Olympic title and a rise to 10th on the all-time performers list

Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH)   14:11.15/5000m  Oslo  6 June
A World record improved by over 5 seconds on the one-year-old mark of arch-rival and compatriot Meseret Defar

Shelly-Ann Fraser (JAM)   10.78/100m   Beijing  17 August
The fastest time of the year to win the Olympic 100m final and a rise to equal ninth on the all-time performers list

Gulnara Galkina-Samitova (RUS)  8:58.81/3000m Steeplechase Beijing  17 August
A World record and barrier breaking performance to win the Olympic 3000m steeplechase final; the first ever sub-9 minute run and an improvement of almost 3 seconds over the previous standard

Tia Hellebaut (BEL)    2.05/High Jump  Beijing  23 August
A national record and rise to equal seventh on the all-time performers list to score an upset win at the Olympic Games
  
Yelena Isinbayeva (RUS)   5.05/Pole Vault  Beijing  18 August
A World record to defend her Olympic Pole Vault title, the 24th World record of her career and fourth of the year

Pamela Jelimo (KEN)   1:54.01/800m   Zürich  29 August
A World Junior record and the fastest time in 25 years!

Susanna Kallur (SWE)   7.68/60m Hurdles  Karlsruhe 10 February
A World record improved by 1 hundredth of a second over the 18-year-old former standard
 
Olga Kaniskina (RUS)   1:26.31/20km Race Walk Beijing  21 August
A bold solo performance to win the Olympic 20km race walk title in atrocious rainy conditions in Beijing

Lornah Kiplagat (NED)   68:37/Half Marathon  Rio de Janeiro 12 October
A solo win to take her third consecutive World Half Marathon Championships title

Françoise Mbango (CMR)   15.39/Triple Jump  Beijing  17 August
The second best performance of all time and the longest jump in 13 years to win the Olympic triple jump title

Barbora Spotakova (CZE)   72.28/Javelin Throw  Stuttgart 13 September
A World record to win the World Athletics Final and an improvement over the previous standard by 58 centimetres
 
Melaine Walker (JAM)   52.64/400m Hurdles  Beijing  20 August
The fourth fastest of all time to win the Olympic 400m Hurdles final and the fastest time in 5 years