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Edwards and Arron voted European Athletes of the Year

Triple jumper Jonathan Edwards was named Athlete of the Year on Monday by the European Athletic Association.

Edwards, who captured a gold medal at this summer's European Championships in Budapest received 611 votes, ahead of second placed Colin Jackson (536) and third-placed Steve Backley (445).

The panel of judges made up of journalists, European federations and events organisers also put Iwan Thomas - who was seventh with 244 votes - into the top 10

French sprinter Christine Arron, the 100m European record holder and gold medallist at Budapest, received 903 votes to win the female Athlete of the Year honour.

Ireland's Sonia O'Sullivan (860) was second and Germany's Heike Drechsler (686) third, with heptathlete Denise Lewis (72) the only Briton to finish in the top 10.