Heptathlete Nafissatou Thiam and decathlete Thomas Van der Plaetsen were awarded the Golden Spike Award at a ceremony in the beautiful city hall of Brussels. The Golden Spike Award goes to the Male and Female Athlete of the Year in Belgian athletics. It is a tradition for the Belgian Athletics Federation to organise a poll to designate the laureates.
For youngster Thiam it is the second time in a row she has been named Belgian Female Athlete of the Year. After winning the Bronze Spike last year, Van der Plaetsen received his first Golden Spike in his career.
Golden Spike men:
1. Thomas Van der Plaetsen (decathlon)
2. Bashir Abdi (5000m)
3. Pieter Jan Hannes (1500m)
Golden Spike women:
1. Nafi Thiam (heptathlon)
2. Anne Zagré (hurdles)
3. Axelle Dauwens (400m hurdles)