published: 12.10.2013, 19:28 | updated: 12.10.2013 19:34:58
Tallinn - Czech Zuzana Hejnova, 26, world champion in 400 m hurdles, became the best European athlete of the year in the European Athletic Association's (EAA) poll the winners of which were announced at a gala event in Tallinn today.
Hejnova is the first Czech woman to win this prestigious award, established in 1993.
She also won the Diamond League this year and all 13 events in the season.
Ukrainian high jumper Bohdan Bondarenko won the men´s category in the poll of the EAA´s member associations, sport journalists and an expert commission.
Hejnova beat Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva and Italian long-distance runner Valeria Straneo who finished second and third in the poll.
This is a great honour after an excellent season, Hejnova said on the stage when she was taking over the award.
She added that it would be difficult for her to defend the position next year.
Out of other Czechs athletes, javelin thrower Jan Zelezny won the title twice (in 1996 and 2000) and decathlete Tomas Dvorak once (in 1999).
Dvorak, current chief coach of the Czech athletic Association, was present at today´s award-giving ceremony.
Hejnova, a bronze medallist from the London Summer Olympics, is also nominated for the world´s Best Athlete of the Year held by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and she will be the favourite of the Czech best athlete polls.
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