Maria Jansson och Yamauchi Hideaki (JPN) har röstats fram som ”Athletes of the year”!
Maria Jannson (SWE) improved her performances the last 3-4 years every time with at least 11km, her 24H PB’s of the last years were 209.7 (2013), 228.4 (2014), 238.9 (2015) and so it was not really a surprise that she became European champion 24H by breaking the 14 year old European Record 24H of Edit Berces (HUN/250.106km)) with an outstanding 250.647km.
Yamauchi Hideaki (JPN) was the previous year’s nothing more than an average Japanese sub-top ultrarunner, specialised in running 6H events. Did he ran in one of his first ultraraces 235.280km/24H (2011) then he started to focus more in running 6H races. Until 2015 he never passed the 85km but this changed extremely when he became second in the famous River Shimanto 100K in June 2016, followed by a strong 6H result in September (88.230km). During the IAU World Championships he impressed by running an astonishing last 10km to become the IAU World Champion 100K 2016
Percentage of votes were as follows:
Yamauchi Hideaki (JPN) 46.6%
Luis Alberto Hernando (ESP) 21.2%
Dan Lawson (GBR) 11.9%
Maria Jannson (SWE) 40.4%
Kirsten Bull (AUS) 19.1%
Caroline Chaverot (FRA) 16.6%
Congratulations again to the winners and all the nominees!
A truly outstanding performance by all.