Mutaz Essa Barshim from Qatar has been named as the IAAF Athlete of the Year. IAAF President Sebastian Coe presented the trophy to Barshim. This talented young male from Qatar emphasis his sports skill into high-jump. He is the first high jumper in history to leap 2.40m or higher in five successive years. Barshim is just 26, and his consistency and balance helped him to achieve this precious award. He opines this award is a result of his hard work and at the same time, it gives a lot of responsibility. Nafissatou Thiam of Belgium has been named as the female IAAF Athlete of the Year. The Athletics award 2017, held at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco.