Czech javelin thrower Barbora Špotáková placed seven in the annual rankings of the world's best athletes, put together by US magazine Track and Field News. The two-time Olympic champion and world record-holder in the women’s javelin returned this year from maternity leave, securing gold at the European Athletics Championships. The Athlete of the Year rankings are topped by French pole-vaulter Renaud Lavillenie and Polish hammer-thrower Anita Wlodarczyk.
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