Barshim and Nafissatou Thiam named men’s and women’s athletes of the year

Vastavam web: Qatari high jumper Mutaz Essa Barshim and Belgium’s heptathlon champion Nafissatou Thiam were named the IAAF’s men’s and women’s athlete of the year.World champion Barshim succeeds retired Jamaican sprint legend Usain Bolt. He claimed the title from a shortlist comprising Britain’s long distance star Mo Farah and South Africa’s 400m champion Wayde Van Niekerk.The men’s and women’s finalists were whittled down from an original list of 10 by a vote of IAAF council members, fans and fellow athletes.