Seventeen-year-old Icelandic middle-distance track athlete Aníta Hinriksdóttir, who competes in the 800-meter distance, won the female European Athletics Rising Star of the Year Award in Tallinn, Estonia, on Saturday.
Photo: Íþróttafélag Reykjavíkur.
Aníta won Iceland’s first gold medal at the IAAF World Youth Championships in Donetsk, Ukraine, this summer, before further success in the under-20 age group in Rieti, Italy.
These achievements make her the first person to win gold medals at both the World Youth Championships in Athletics and the European Athletics Championships.
The other winners, Bohdan Bondarenko and Zuzana Hejnová, were crowned European Athletes of the Year, while Emir Bekrić, a Serbian hurdler, won the Rising Star Award for men, as reported by athleticsweekly.com.