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Jukic wins third Sportswoman of the Year award

By Thomas Hochwarter

Star swimmer Mirna Jukic has been named Austrian Sportswoman of the Year in a ceremony in Vsendorf near Vienna last night (Weds).

Serbian-born Jukic who took Austrian citizenship in 2000 had already taken the award in 2002 and 2008.

Last year, the 23-year-old won bronze at the Olympics, broke two European records and won three medals at the European Championships. She won silver at the World Championships and smashed a further two European records this year.

Only one female Austrian athlete Annemarie Moser-Prll, the best female skier of all time with seven awards has been honoured more often. Former skier Petra Kronberger has also won the award three times.

Skier Kathrin Zettel came second ahead of mountain biker Elisabeth Osl.

Ski-jumper Wolfgang Loitzl was named Austrias Sportsman of the Year. The 29-year-old had to wait for a long time before making his breakthrough. He won last seasons prestigious Four Hills Tournament.

Loitzl prevailed over ski-jumping team colleague Gregor Schlierenzauer and skier Manfred Pranger.

The Austrian ski-jumping team was named Best Team in 2009, ahead of the countrys biathlon team and football club Rapid Vienna.

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