November 21, 2014

MONACO (AP) Pole vault indoor record holder Renaud Lavillenie of France and shot putter Valerie Adams of New Zealand were named world athletes of the year on Friday.

The 28-year-old Lavillenie succeeded Usain Bolt after clearing 6.16 meters to take Sergei Bubka's 21-year-old mark in February. The Frenchman also won 21 of the 22 competitions he entered this year, securing victories in the Diamond Race and at the European Championships.

Lavillenie finished ahead of Qatari high jumper Mutaz Essa Barshim and marathon world record holder Dennis Kipruto Kimetto of Kenya.

Adams, the Olympic champion, was unbeaten while winning gold at the indoor worlds and Commonwealth Games. The other women's nominees were Ethiopian distance runner Genzebe Dibaba and Dutch double sprint European champion Dafne Schippers.

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