11 Nov 2009

Vili up for athlete of the year award

9:26 am on 11 November 2009

New Zealand shot-put champion Valerie Vili has been named as one of the finalists for the IAAF Athlete of the Year award.

Vili added another world title to her collection in Berlin in August.

The other women's finalists are Russian pole-vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva, American 400m runner Sanya Richards, Croatian highjumper Blanka Vlasic and Polish hammer thrower Anita Wlodarczyk.