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Obikwelu Europe`s top male athlete

9 January 2007

Double European sprint champion Francis Obikwelu from Portugal has been voted the Waterford Crystal European Male Athlete of the Year for 2006, the European Athletics Association announced Tuesday. Sweden's Carolina Kluft was confirmed as the female title winner Monday.

Obikwelu last summer won the European Championship double over 100 meters and 200 meters in Gothenburg, Sweden. Obikwelu ran 9.99 to win the dash and set a national record of 20.01 when winning the longer sprint. He also took the same double at the European Cup first league meeting in Thessalon?ki, Greece, in June. These came two summers after he set the European record with his 9.86 at the Athens Olympics in 2004, where he won silver.

On the global stage the Portuguese took second in the 100 meters and fourth in the 200 meters while representing Europe at the IAAF World Cup in Athens from Sept. 16-17. Just a week before that, he had finished in fourth place at both distances at the World Athletics Final in Stuttgart, Germany.

"The award means the world to me and I am really honored to have won it," confirmed Obikwelu. "I've had a really good season in 2006 and this just tops it off."

Obikwelu took the award ahead of Lithuania's Virgilijus Alekna, last year's winner, who is the reigning world, Olympic and European discus throw champion, and Norway's Andreas Thorkildsen, the Olympic and European javelin throw champion, who was third.

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