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Lavillenie/Adams - Athletes of Year
22 Nov 2014 11:11
Pole vault world record holder Renaud Lavillenie and Olympic shot put champion Valerie Adams were named World Athletes of the Year at an IAAF gala in Monaco yesterday.
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It marked the first time that field event athletes had won both awards and the first time a male pole vaulter or a female thrower collected the honours, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said.
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Frenchman Lavillenie, 28, set the world record of 6.16 metres in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk in February, breaking Sergei Bubka's 21-year-old mark. He also won 21 of 22 competitions.
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"This is really the dream season for me," he said when accepting the honour.
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"I think the world record contributed to the award but I won other competitions too. I wasn't as good as Valerie, I lost one competition, but 21 out of 22 is not too bad in an event which is quite unpredictable."
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Adams, 30, claimed a ninth global title when she retained her world indoor crown in Sopot, Poland.
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The New Zealander was unbeaten in 2014 and boosted her winning streak to 56 competitions, having not lost since 2010.
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Adams was the only athlete to triumph in all seven IAAF Diamond League fixtures this season.
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"This is the icing on the cake for 2014. It's been a year that's been physically challenging but I'm proud to be here for New Zealand and Oceania," she said.
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