Every year the American Academy of Sports conducts a poll of thousands of fans, choosing the best athletes of the year. In the last decade of December, the finalists of this year were announced. It's nice that, despite all the political disagreements and information wars, sports fans unanimously voted for the Russian Maria Sharapova.
In today's compilation we represent those who deserved the honorary title the best athletes of 2014 .Voting determined three finalists among athletes of both sexes.
- Top-3 best athletes of the year among women
- 3. Keti Ledeki
- 2. Genzebe Dibaba
- 1. Maria Sharapova
- Top-3 best athletes of the year among men
- 3. Lionel Messi
- 2. Dennis Kimetto
- 1. Novak Djokovic
Top-3 best athletes of the year among women
3. Keti Ledeki
The American swimmer is the owner of world records in swimming at medium distances 400, 800, and also 1500 m freestyle. Ledeki's last record was set in August 2014 at the prestigious Pacific Championship.
2. Genzebe Dibaba
The Ethiopian runner specializes in long distances. Native and cousin Genzebe are also athletes, and, Olympic champions. In February 2014, Dibaba herself installed two "fresh" world records-at distances of 3 thousand and 1,500 meters.
1. Maria Sharapova
This year Masha took the second place in the global rating of WTA, losing to American Williams. In the charity Sharapova for a year of winning tournaments in Madrid, Stuttgart and Beijing. The best sportswoman of the world in the outgoing year won the "Roland Garros".
Top-3 of the best athletes of the year among men
3. Lionel Messi
Striker Spanish "Barcelona" has been playing football since the age of five. At the World Cup in Brazil, Messi acted as captain of the team. Argentines for the first time since 1990 reached the semifinals of Mundialya. As a result, Messi's team won the silver of the Championship, losing only to the brilliant German national team in the finals. Lionel was recognized as the best player in the world tournament.
2. Dennis Kimetto
Kenyan athlete in 2014 won the Berlin Marathon with a new world record - 2 hours 2 minutes.57 secondsThe athlete lives and trains in his homeland in a small village Kappingtoni. In November 2014 in Athens, Dennis was awarded the title of the best marathoner of the world.
1. Novak Djokovic
The best athlete of 2014 also bears the title of the best racket of the world in singles. This year has become for Djokovic successful not only in tennis, but also in his personal life - the athlete married an old friend Elena Ristic. Well, on the court, Novak won seven titles in a year, among them a win at Wimbledon, as well as in the final tournament of ATM.