22 Nov 2010

Athletes of the year named

5:42 am on 22 November 2010

Kenyan 800 metres runner David Rudisha, who set 2010's only major world record, and world indoor high jump champion Blanka Vlasic of Croatia have been named the International Athletics Federation's Athletes of the year.

21-year-old Rudisha twice eclipsed the 800 metres record, eventually running one minute 41.01 seconds, in a sparkling season of 11 consecutive victories.

Vlasic, 27, won 18 of 20 competitions in what she called one of her most challenging seasons.