— Published 2 December 2021

Warholm and Thompson-Herah awarded

There were no surprises when the winners of the annual World Athletics Awards were announced on Wednesday 1 December during a virtual ceremony. The favourites won. Norway’s Karsten Warholm, Olympic champion and world record holder in the 400m hurdles (45 sec 94), and Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah, three-time Olympic champion in Tokyo (100, 200 and 4x100m), were named male and female athletes of the year 2021 (photo above). In the other categories, the trophy for female revelation of the year was awarded to the American Athing Mu, last summer’s Olympic 800m champion. In the boys’ category, the young American Erriyon Knighton, 17, 4th in the 200m at the Tokyo Games, won the award. The National Federation of the Year award went to the Costa Rican Athletics Federation for its training, competition and development programme, its youth initiatives and its consistency in hosting international events. High jumpers Mutaz Barshim (Qatar) and Gianmarco Tamberi (Italy) shared a trophy for inspiration, after sharing Olympic gold in Tokyo. The President’s Trophy was presented to Peter Diamond, Executive Vice President of Olympic Programming at NBC. Another American, Bobby Kersee, was honoured with the Coach of the Year trophy. Indian Anju Bobby George, a former long jumper turned coach and leader, was named Woman of the Year. Finally, the Athletics Photographer Award went to Ryan Pierse, chosen by the jury for an image from the women’s high jump qualifying competition at the Tokyo Games (below). This last trophy was dedicated to the memory of French photographer Jean-Pierre Durand, who died last October at the age of 66.