November 26, 2015

MONACO (AP) American decathlete Ashton Eaton and Ethiopian running sensation Genzebe Dibaba are the IAAF's world athletes of 2015.

Track and field's governing body announced the awards on Thursday.

Usually, the International Association of Athletics Federations throws a gala party to honor its world athletes of the year. But it was cancelled this year after former IAAF president Lamine Diack was placed under criminal investigation in France on corruption and money-laundering charges.

Eaton, in the decathlon, and Dibaba, in the 1,500 meters, both won gold at the world championships in Beijing and set world records in those events in 2015.

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