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December 31, 2013
Sebastian Vettel tops PAP Best Athlete Poll for second year in a row

F1 champion Sebastian Vettel of Germany has topped the PAP Best Athlete Poll for a second year running. Photo/Getty Images
by Jerzy Jakobsche, Polish Press Agency (PAP)
WARSAW, December 31, 2013 - For the second year in a row, Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel is the winner of the Polish Press Agency's (PAP) Best Athlete poll.

Each year PAP organises a vote amongst Europe's leading press agencies for the Top 10 Athletes.

This year for the 56th edition of the poll, 21 agencies took part.

Results of the 2013 poll:

1. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Formula 1 166 points
2. Rafael Nadal (Spain) Tennis 127
3. Mohamed Farah (Great Britain) Athletics 86
4. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) Football 84
5. Franck Ribery (France) Football 82
6. Tina Maze (Slovenia) Tennis 50
7. Christopher Froome (Great Britain) Cycling 58
8. Novak Djokovic (Serbia) Tennis 50
9. Tony Parker (France) Basketball 45
10. Marit Bjoergen (Norway) Cross Country Skiing 34
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11. Bohdan Bondarenko (Ukraine) Athletics 29
12. Yelena Isinbayeva (Russia) Athletics 27
13. Marc Marquez (Spain) Motorcycling 20
14. Sandra Perkovic (Croatia) Athletics 16
15. Zuzana Hejnova (Czech Republic) Athletics 15
16. Katinka Hosszu (Hungary) Swimming 14
Magnus Carlsen (Norway) Chess 14
18. Andy Murray (Great Britain) Tennis 12
19. Henrik Stenson (Sweden) Golf 11
Martin Fourcade (France) Biathlon 11
Tora Berger (Norway) Biathlon 11


Former winners:

1958 Zdzisław Krzyszkowiak (Poland)

1959 Vasiliy Kuznietsov (USSR)

1960 Yuriy Vlasov (USSR)

1961 Valeriy Brumel (USSR)

1962 Valeriy Brumel

1963 Valeriy Brumel

1964 Lidia Skoblikova (USSR)

1965 Michael Jazy (France)

1966 Irena Szewińska (Poland)

1967 Jean-Claude Killy (France)

1968 Jean-Claude Killy

1969 Eddy Merckx (Belgium)

1970 Eddy Merckx

1971 Juhani Vaatainen (Finland)

1972 Lasse Viren (Finland)

1973 Kornelia Ender (GDR)

1974 Irena Szewińska (Poland)

1975 Kornelia Ender

1976 Nadia Comaneci (Romania)

1977 Rosemarie Ackermann (GDR)

1978 Vladimir Jashchenko (USSR)

1979 Sebastian Coe (Great Britain)

1980 Vladimir Salnikov (USSR)

1981 Sebastian Coe

1982 Daley Thompson (Great Britain)

1983 Jarmila Kratochvilova (Cechoslovakia)

1984 Michael Gross (FRG)

1985 Siergiej Bubka (USSR)

1986 Heike Drechsler (GDR)

1987 Stephen Roche (Irland)

1988 Steffi Graf (FRG)

1989 Steffi Graf

1990 Stefan Edberg (Sweden)

1991 Katrin Krabbe (Germany)

1992 Nigel Mansell (Great Britain)

1993 Linford Christie (Great.Britain)

1994 Johan Olav Koss (Norway)

1995 Jonathan Edwards (Great Britain)

1996 Swietłana Mastierkowa (Russia)

1997 Martina Hingis (Switzerland)

1998 Mika Haekkinen (Finland)

1999 Gabriela Szabo (Romania)

2000 Inge de Bruijn (Netherlands)

2001 Michael Schumacher (Germany)

2002 Michael Schumacher (Germany)

2003 Michael Schumacher (Germany)

2004 Roger Federer (Switzerland)

2005 Roger Federer (Switzerland) and Yelena Isinbayeva (Russia)

2006 Roger Federer (Switzerland)

2007 Roger Federer (Switzerland)

2008 Rafael Nadal (Spain)

2009 Roger Federer (Switzerland)

2010 Rafael Nadal (Spain)

2011 Novak Djokovic (Serbia)

2012 Sebastian Vettel (Germany)
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