Serbian tennis player wins poll held by Polish news agency
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Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic has been voted European athlete of the year in an annual poll held by Poland's PAP news agency.
The Warsaw headquarters of Poland's PAP news agency. Photo: Marek Mazurkiewicz [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Croatian footballer Luca Modric was voted runner-up, while British Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton came in third in the poll held by PAP among journalists from news agencies across Europe.
The highest-rated Polish athlete, ski jumper Kamil Stoch, shared 10th place with Romanian tennis player Simona Halep as the news agency announced the results of the vote on Wednesday.
Journalists from 23 European news agencies, including France’s AFP, Germany’s DPA and Russia’s TASS, selected their picks for the top 10 athletes in Europe.
The PAP poll, now in its 61st year, is one of the oldest of its kind worldwide, according to the Polish news agency.
Polish athletes have won three times. Long-distance runner Zdzisław Krzyszkowiak was voted European athlete of the year when the poll was first held in 1958, and track-and-field legend Irena Szewińska, Poland’s most decorated Olympic athlete, won twice, in 1966 and 1974.