2008 Sportsman of the Year


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Maris won 4 gold medals at the 1st World Deaf Athletics Championships in Izmir, Turkey in August 2008 and he made one world record in 110m hurdles, beating the Vyacheslav Skomorokhov's record set almost 40 years ago in Belgrade 1969. Maris produced many good results and the 4 gold this year was the ultimate achievement.

  • Long Jump – Gold Medal 7.67m
  • Triple Jump – Gold Medal 14.88m
  • 100m – Gold Medal 10.68
  • 110m Hurdles – Gold Medal 14.44

Other top finishers in this ranking order:

MORGAN CraigFlag: Australia Australia (AUS)Swimming
GARCIA ABREU JesusFlag: Venezuela Venezuela (VEN)Athletics
LANDAR AlexeyFlag: Russian Federation Russian Federation (RUS)Athletics
BOKLER AviFlag: Israel Israel (ISR)Karate
BISCHLAGER ChristophFlag: Germany Germany (GER)Athletics
MATHE GaborFlag: Hungary Hungary (HUN)Tennis
ER HuseyinFlag: Turkey Turkey (TUR)Football
JONARD CyrilFlag: France France (FRA)Judo
HEMBROUGH JoshuaFlag: United States United States (USA)Athletics

Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year