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January 19, 2006
Vote winners - Ivan the Great and Elena the highest

Ekaterina Karsten (photo Getty Images by M. Hewitt)

One hundred and thirty three sports journalists participated in the annual poll aimed at deciding the best ten athletes and teams of the Republic of Belarus and in the world in 2005. The results were as follows.

Best national athletes of the year:

1 Ivan Tikhon – athletics (hammer)
2
Ekaterina Karsten – rowing
3
Nadezhda Ostapchuk – athletics (shot putt)
4
Vladimir Samsonov – table tennis
5
Natalia Tsilinskaya – cycling
6
Anzhelika Kotyuga – speed skating
7
Vadim Devyatovsky – athletics (hammer)
8
Alim Selimov – Greco-Roman wrestling
9
Maxim Mirny – tennis
10
Alexander Gleb – football

Ivan Tikhon (photo Getty Images by Ian Walton)

The best national team of the year 2005 – the kayak team (K-4, men) – winners of the 2005 World Championship: Vadim Makhnev, Roman Petrushenko, Alexey Abalmasov and Demyan Turchin.
Second: Women’s athletics team (relay, 4*100m)
Third: “Shakhter” (Soligorsk), football

Best international athletes of the year:

1 Elena Isinbaeva – athletics (pole vault)
2 Ole Einar Bjoerndalen – biathlon
3
Lance Armstrong – cycling
4
Ronaldinio – football
5
Ekaterina Karsten – rowing
6
Roger Federer – tennis
7
Fernando Alonso – Formula 1
8
Grant Hackett – swimming
9
Marit Bjoergen – cross-country skiing
10
Kenenisa Bekele – athletics (running)

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