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Mo Farah nominated for European Athlete of the Year award

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Mo Farah is among four Britons to have been nominated for the European Athlete of the Year award.

Farah, 31, overcame a difficult year when he won double gold at the European Championships in August and will be one of the favourites to receive the inaugural Golden Tracks trophy when the voting closes in October.

The three other British nominees are Greg Rutherford, Martyn Rooney and Eilidh Child.

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Rutherford enjoyed a special 2014, kicking off his season with a new national record leap of 8.51 metres in the long jump.

Sensational

The 27-year-old continued that fine form throughout the season and won the gold medal at both the Commonwealth Games and the European's in Zurich, adding to the OIympic title he won in London two years ago.

Rooney enjoyed a similarly fruitful season, running the fastest time in the 400m by a European this year, before winning two golds in Austria.

His 44.71 seconds run helped him take the individual one-lap crown, form which he took into the 4x400m relay where he anchored Great Britain to the gold medal.

Scottish glory

Scottish runner Child is GB's only woman nominated for the award, her performances at the Commonwealth Games - where she took silver in the 400m hurdles under immense home pressure - and in Zurich where she stormed to the title, enough to earn her a place on the shortlist.

The list has received some criticism, though, with judges favouritism seemingly given to athletes who had performed well at the European Championships and, not necessarily, over the season as a whole.

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