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Lavillenie Almost Unanimous

When you break a World Record as legendary as the one that Sergey Bubka held in the pole vault for more than 20 years, your chances for AOY status are greatly enhanced.

France’s Renaud Lavillenie parlayed just such a scenario into a commanding win in our 2014 men’s voting, receiving 31 of 33 nods for No. 1 to get 99.4% of a perfect score.

The other 2 No. 1s went to American sprinter Justin Gatlin, who nonetheless ended up only No. 3 overall because a pair of voters on our international panel felt his checkered drug past left him unsuitable for such honors.

So the No. 2 spot went to high jumper Bogdan Bondarenko. Reflecting his discipline’s status as Event Of The Year, it also provided the No. 4 vote-getter, Mutaz Essa Barshim. This is one of the few times in AOY history where a No. 2 Ranker in an event had a season so impressive that he received recognition here.

Overall, 20 different men received votes. The top 10 point scorers on our 10-9-8… system, with the event(s) in which they scored:

1. Renaud Lavillenie (France—pole vault) 328
2. Bogdan Bondarenko (Ukraine—high jump) 265
3. Justin Gatlin (US—100/200) 259
4. Mutaz Essa Barshim (Qatar—high jump) 198
5. Robert Harting (Germany—discus) 145
6. Jairus Birech (Kenya—steeple) 130
7. LaShawn Merritt (US—400) 109
8. Nijel Amos (Botswana—800) 90
9. Eliud Kipchoge (Kenya—marathon) 62
10. Krisztián Pars (Hungary—hammer) 52

Full details on the 2014 Athlete Of The Year choices can be found in the February edition ofTrack & Field News.

From: http://trackandfieldnews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2129

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