September saw the end of the 2014 summer track season with the IAAF Diamond League final in Brussels and also the IAAF Continental Cup in Marrakech, Morocco, with Team Europe triumphing at the latter event.
All of Team Europe’s individual winners at the last IAAF World Series event of the year have been included in this month’s nominations.
There were also a number of IAAF World Challenge and European Athletics Outdoor Premium Meetings staged during the month, there were also the first of the top class road races that traditionally take place in the final four months of the year.
European Athletics is consequently pleased to announce that athletes from 12 different countries have been nominated for the September award.
At the end of each month, a panel of experts produces a short list of the outstanding athletes and performances achieved by European athletes during that month, which is then mailed to the European athletics media and thousands of fans who have signed up to receive news from European Athletics.
The European Athlete of the Month fan voting takes place through our Facebook page, while members of the media can cast their vote on our website.
Fans are also able to vote through the European Athletics mobile applications on iPhone and Android phones.
The public, media and a group of expert statisticians cast their votes for the European Athlete of the Month with each category counting as 33.3 per cent of the vote.
For example, the winner of each poll will be awarded 10 points, second 9 points, etc. and the athlete with the most points after the three different polls have been counted will be declared the winner.
In the unlikely event of a tie, Hansjörg Wirz, the president of European Athletics, will have the casting vote.
The voting will close on Friday 17 October at noon CET.
The European Athlete of the Month initiative was launched in January 2007 and is designed to recognise outstanding performers at all levels of the sport in Europe.
No athlete who has previously served a two-year doping ban can be nominated for the European Athlete of the Month.
Benjamin Compoaré FRA (triple jump): the 2014 European champion finished his stellar season on a high note by adding two centimetres to his personal best with a leap of 17.48m to win a thrilling competition at the IAAF Continental Cup in Marrakech.
Bohdan Bondarenko UKR (high jump): the reigning world and European champion had big victories at the World Challenge meeting in Rieti and then at the IAAF Continental Cup, as well as jumping 2.40m at the Diamond League final in Brussels.
David Storl GER (shot put): the two-time world and European champion had two good wins to finish his season including taking the top honours at the IAAF Continental Cup with an effort of 21.55m, even further than his winning mark at the European Championships.
Gerd Kanter EST (discus): won four out of his five competitions during the month, including at the IAAF Continental Cup where he threw 64.46m despite unhelpful conditions; he threw a season’s best of 66.28m on home soil in Parnu on 24 September.
Ignisious Gaisah NED (long jump): the 2013 World Championships silver medallist won his first major international competition in a Dutch vest at the IAAF Continental Cup with 8.11m, and he also finished second at the Diamond League final in Brussels.
James Dasaolu GBR (100m): the European champion clocked a season’s best of 10.00 at the Diamond League final in Brussels and then took maximum points for Team Europe in a tight contest at the IAAF Continental Cup in Marrakech with a time of 10.03.
Kariem Hussein SUI (400m hurdles): the European champion ran a superb race at the IAAF Continental Cup, finishing second in his last outing of the year but setting a personal best and 2014 European-leading time of 48.47.
Kristzian Pars HUN (hammer): was over 80 metres again at the World Challenge meeting in Rieti, which was enough for him to clinch the season-long Hammer Throw Challenge title, and he also won well at the IAAF Continental Cup.
Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad FRA (3000m steeplechase): the European 1500m champion set a 2014 European-leading time over the barriers of 8:03.23 at the Diamond League final in Brussels, a time only he and one other European have ever beaten.
Mo Farah GBR (half marathon): the double 2014 European champion again impressed on the roads when he won at the Great North Run in England in exactly 60:00, the fastest time by a European this year although the point-to-point course is not valid for records.
Renaud Lavillenie FRA (pole vault): the reigning Olympic and European champion won the Diamond Race at the Diamond League final in Brussels with a 2014 world-leading outdoor best of 5.93m, and he also won at the IAAF Continental Cup with 5.80m.
Sergey Shubenkov RUS (110m hurdles): the two-time European champion again showed he is the man for the big occasion and triumphed after a close duel at the IAAF Continental Cup in a time of 13.23.
Andrea Mayr AUT (mountain running): became the first runner to clinch five titles at the World Mountain Running Championships when she won at this year’s event in Casette di Massa, Italy, putting almost three minutes between herself and her nearest rival.
Anita Wlodarcyzk POL (hammer): fresh from her recent world record, the 2014 European champion got her seventh successive victory of the summer at the IAAF Continental Cup, dominating the contest and winning by almost three metres with a distance of 75.21m.
Barbora Å potáková CZE (javelin): won the Diamond League final in Brussels with a 2014 world-leading throw of 67.99m to clinch the Diamond Race and then went on to win convincingly at the IAAF Continental Cup by almost two metres with 65.52m.
Christina Schwanitz GER (shot put): won her final two contests of the season, on home soil in Binz and then at the IAAF Continental Cup in Marrakech, and went over 20 metres on both occasions to confirm her position as the top European woman in the event.
Dafne Schippers NED (sprints): the double European sprint champion continued her busy year with a 200m win at the IAAF Continental Cup in 22.28; the flying Dutchwoman also finished third in the 100m in Marrakech.
Eloyse Lesueur FRA (long jump): the European champion held her nerve after three fouls at the IAAF Continental Cup in Marrakech and pulled herself together to take maximum points with a last-gasp effort of 6.66m in the final round.
Eilidh Child GBR (400m hurdles): maintained her high-level consistency when finishing second at the IAAF Continental Cup in 54.42, just 0.03 off her own 2014 European-leading time and a mark only she has beaten among European runners this year.
Gemma Steel GBR (half marathon): the 2013 SPAR European Cross Country Championships silver medallist ran 1:08:13 at the Great North Run in England, the fastest time by a European this year although the point-to-point course is not valid for records.
Marcelina Witek POL (javelin): produced the best throw in the world this year by a junior by more than two metres with a huge effort of 61.24m at a meeting in Bialogard, Poland, on 6 September to move up to fifth on the European junior all-time list.
Mariya Kuchina RUS (high jump): the 2014 world indoor champion beat a strong field at the IAAF Continental Cup when she was the only woman over 1.99m, just two centimetres below her 2014 world-leading mark set indoors and her personal best.
Sifan Hassan NED (1500m/3000m): clocked a national record and 2014 European-leading 3000m time of 8:29.38 at the Diamond League final in Brussels and then unleashed her familiar long drive for home to win over 1500m at the IAAF Continental Cup.
Tiffany Porter GBR (100m hurdles): the European champion brought the curtain down on her season when she sped to a national record and 2014 European-leading time of 12.51 at the IAAF Continental Cup to move up to number three on this year’s world lists.