Jamaican athlete Elaine Thompson-Herah and Polish footballer Robert Lewandowski were named today the best athletes of the year in the selection of the International Sports Journalists Association (AIPS).
For the best team, 529 journalists from 114 countries chose Italy’s national football team, while the award for best press centre went to Tokyo 2020.
It is the first time the 29-year-old Jamaican woman, Elaine Thompson-Herah who won three gold medals at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, has won the award. She was celebrating with 605 points ahead of Spanish footballer Alexia Putellas, who amassed 490 points, while the third-ranked world record holder is Venezuela’s Yulimar Rojas Rodríguez with 346 points.
In Tokyo, Elaine Thompson-Herah won the 100m and 200m, becoming the first woman to win gold in both sprinter’s events at consecutive Olympic Games after doing so in Rio De Janeiro. She also celebrated with her team in the 4x100m for her third gold medal in Tokyo.
Also, this year she ran the second best results of all time in the 100 (10.54) and 200m (21.53), and was named the best athlete of the year in the selection of the International Athletics Federation (World Athletics).
The men’s competition was celebrated by Lewandowski, who was the best in the AIPS selection last year.
The brilliant Polish striker won by 435 points ahead of new Formula One world champion Max Emilian Verstappen with 349 points and Argentine footballer Lionel Messi with 311 points.
Lewandowski is in 2021. In 2014 he scored 58 goals in 47 appearances in all club competitions, and 69 goals in 59 appearances when his representative performances are included.
Italy’s top team, which won the European title this year, was stripped of its best team. The Azzurri celebrated with 767 points ahead of Bayern (503) and argentina (459).