Male Rising Star – Armand Duplantis Swedish pole vaulter Armand Duplantis won the senior European title by breaking his own world U20 record three times within the competition. He went over 5.95m, 6.00m and 6.05m on his first attempts, winning with a height that has been bettered outdoors only by Sergey Bubka. Earlier in the year he won the world U20 title in Tampere with a championship record of 5.82m and won on home soil at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Stockholm, beating many of the world’s leading senior pole vaulters. Female Rising Star – Sydney McLaughlin US sprinter Sydney McLaughlin broke her own world U20 400m hurdles record of 52.75. Not only was that mark the fastest time in the world this year, it also moved her into the top 10 on the world all-time list. Undefeated in all of her races at 400m flat and the 400m hurdles, she won the US collegiate title in Eugene. Earlier in the year she recorded the fastest ever indoor performances by an U20 athlete at 300m and 400m, clocking 36.12 and 50.36 respectively. She ended the year as the world U20 leader for the 200m indoors and outdoors, the 400m indoors and outdoors, the 400m hurdles and the 300m indoors. IAAF President’s Award – Andreas Brugger A former shot putter and Swiss champion in the event back in 1955, Andreas Brugger, now 91, is best known for his tenure as meeting director of Zurich’s iconic Weltklasse. During his time in the role, 19 world records were set at Weltklasse and he transformed it into one of the most prestigious meetings in the world. IAAF Coaching Achievement of the Year – Joe Vigil In his 50-year coaching career, Joe Vigil has worked as US team coach on two Olympic teams, seven IAAF World Cross Country Championships and four Pan American Games. Over the years he has guided the likes of 2004 Olympic marathon champion Stefano Baldini, Olympic silver medallist Meb Keflezighi, Olympic bronze medallist Deena Kastor and 2013 world 800m silver medallist Brenda Martinez. In total, athletes he has coached have achieved 20 medals at global championships. IAAF Woman of the Year Award – Evelyn Claudio Lopez Puerto Rico’s Evelyn Claudio Lopez has dedicated her life to promoting the cause of women’s athletics. She is Chairperson of the NACAC Women’s Commission and General Secretary of the Association of Pan-American Athletics. She is also part of the IAAF’s Gender Leadership Working Group and in 2013 she produced a book, Living History of Women’s Athletics. Athletics Photograph of the Year – Felix Sanchez Arrazola The Spanish photographer’s image of an exhausted and mud-splattered Selemon Barega after winning the Cross Internacional Juan Muguerza in Elgoibar was judged to be the winner from this year’s shortlist of four photographs. Eliud Kipchoge and Caterine Ibarguen have been named the male and female World Athletes of the Year at the IAAF Athletics Awards 2018, held at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco on Tuesday. Kipchoge underlined his status as the world’s most dominant distance runner. The 34-year-old Kenyan won the London Marathon in April in 2:04:17 to finish comfortably ahead of one of the deepest marathon fields in history. Five months later, he won the Berlin Marathon in 2:01:39 to smash the world record. His time in the German capital was 78 seconds faster than the previous world record, representing the biggest single improvement on a men’s marathon world record since 1967. Not content with being the best triple jumper in the world, Ibarguen also tested herself against the world’s best in the long jump this year – and consistently came out on top in that too. The 34-year-old Colombian won both horizontal jumps at the Central American and Caribbean Games, the IAAF Continental Cup and at the IAAF Diamond League finals – winning the latter two titles in two different cities within the space of 24 hours. She was unbeaten in all eight of her triple jump competitions, ending the year with a world-leading mark of 14.96m in her specialist event and a national record of 6.93m in the long jump.
Dear John K. and all the other comedy wannabes: Stop it! Stop it right now! In real life, Robin Williams doesn t run for office, so why do you persist in trying out for Comedy Central on the campaign trail? Didn t you learn anything from President Bush s reference to the possibility of a Democratic Congress by contorting a joke about Nancy Pelosi measuring the drapes and dancing in the end zone ? Do I need tell you how the press corps (most of which were sober) responded to his joke?My point is, if you re a politician, … politic. Don t audition for a weekend spot at The Laugh Factory. Leave the jokes to the comics. And if you re a comic, tell jokes. Don t do movies like Man of the Year. Leave them to actors … like Ronald Reagan.Best California costumes of Halloween 06: Arnold dressed up as a Democrat. Angelides dressed up as a competitive candidate.How many do they need? Twelve people were charged in Orange County with fraudulently registering Democrats and independents as Republicans. Hey, guys, don t waste your time. It s the OC. You have a higher percentage of Republicans than the Bush Cabinet. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’My Annual Propositions Guide: 1. If the proposition s TV ad spot says it s for something, it s a pretty good bet it s against it.2. If a sponsor of a proposition is an oil company, even if it calls the proposition, We Are Against Big Oil Because They Are Nazi Profiteers, the proposition is pro-oil.3. People who are wondering what happened to Propositions 2 through 82 need only check behind the dryer under the single socks.But he could still vote in Chicago: While many believe the very alive and well 73-year-old Richard Robinson of Palmdale was declared legally dead years ago due to an attempt to rob him of his rightful part of a family estate, Robinson admits the reason was more political. It was the only way I figured I could stop getting those recorded phone calls from Barbara Boxer and President Bush during dinner. Hey, bartender, another shot of health, please: A study by Harvard Medical School and the National Institute on Aging shows that heavy doses of a red-wine ingredient lowers the rate of diabetes, liver problems and other fat-related ill effects in obese mice. A representative for the rotund mice announced relief. After KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken, before their marketing guy figured that if they didn t actually spell out the word fried, no one would know that s what the chicken is) took that great-tasting fat out of their chicken last week, most of us needed a drink, said Mickey Mass. Now if they could figure how to make the cheese lactose-tolerant. All they need is love … from someone else: The contentious divorce proceeding between Heather Mills and Paul McCartney reached critical mass as Heather blamed Paul s turning 64 for the separation. He didn t lose his hair, like he said he would, said Mills. I couldn t believe anything he sang after that. Through his attorney, Paul laid blame for the divorce on Yoko Ono. We pretty much blame her for everything, said the lawyer, Bill A. Bundle.That s why this lady is a scamp: Devil-may-care pundit and author Ann Coulter is refusing to cooperate in an investigation into voting fraud, and prosecutors in Palm Beach County, Fla., are threatening to file charges. Coulter s publisher simultaneously announced that they will soon be releasing Anne s newest book, Godless Liberal Prosecutors in Florida Are Killing American Conservative Babies. It s a children s book.Jersey girls … and girls: New Jersey s highest court ruled that same-sex couples in New Jersey must be given all the benefits and rights enjoyed by married men and women. New Jersey divorce lawyers have yet to stop partying.Come on down no more: Longtime game-show host Bob Barker has decided to retire after only a little over 50 years in the business. It s not so much that I m tired of working, said The Price is Right emcee. It was just getting harder and harder to keep the third bidder from beating the hell out of the last guy for bidding one dollar more than the third. Next Sunday: My sure-fire predictions for which candidates will win the midterms.Steve Young is author of Great Failures of the Extremely Successful (www.greatfailure.com).160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!