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Bekele and Isinbayeva also top Track and Field News poll

Kenenisa Bekele and Yelena Isinbayeva, the World Athletes of the Year and Overall IAAF World Ranked number athletes for a second year, have also been announced as Track and Field News’ athletes of the year.

MEN

The 16 men who received votes (No. 1s in parentheses):

Kenenisa Bekele (Ethiopia- distances) 355 (29)
Saaeed Saïf Shaheen (Qatar - Steeplechase) 269 (1)
Ivan Tikhon (Belarus - Hammer) 265 (3)
Virgilijus Alekna (Lithuania - Discus) 256 (2)
Justin Gatlin (USA - Sprints) 254 (2)---GATLIN IS NAMED U.S. ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Bershawn Jackson (USA - 400 Hurdles) 176
Dwight Phillips (USA - Long Jump) 151
Jeremy Wariner (USA - 400) 110
Rashid Ramzi (Bahrain - Middle Distance) 85
Ladji Doucouré (France - 110 Hurdles) 33
Bryan Clay (USA - Decathlon) 32
Tero Pitkämäki (Finland - Javelin) 28
Adam Nelson (USA - Shot) 15
Bernard Lagat (USA - 1500/5000) 5
Asafa Powell (Jamaica - 100) 1

WOMEN

The 18 women who received votes (No. 1s in parentheses):

Yelena Isinbayeva (Russia - Pole Vault) 356 (33)
Tirunesh Dibaba (Ethiopia - distances) 288 (2)
Kajsa Bergqvist (Sweden - High Jump) 248 (1)
Osleidys Menéndez (Cuba - Javelin) 244
Allyson Felix (USA - sprints) 162---FELIX IS NAMED U.S. ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Carolina Klüft (Sweden - Heptathlon) 153
Paula Radcliffe (Great Britain - Marathon) 130
Nadezhda Ostapchuk (Belarus - Shot) 97
Sanya Richards (USA - 400) 75
Tatyana Lebedeva (Russia - Triple Jump) 53
Michelle Perry (USA - 100 Hurdles) 48
Dorcus Inzikuru (Uganda - Steeplechase) 33
Meseret Defar (Ethiopia - distances) 29
Maryam Jamal (Bahrain - 1500) 26
Yuliya Pechonkina (Russia - 400 Hurdles) 13
Zuliya Calatayud (Cuba - 800) 11
Veronica Campbell (Jamaica - Sprints) 8
Olimpiada Ivanova (Russia - Walks) 6