Luciana Aymar, Pol Amat Hockey Players of the Year

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New Delhi,Nov 29 (UNI) Argentina's Luciana Aymar and Spain's Pol Amat were crowned as World Hockey Players of the Year 2008 in Los Angeles, US.

Dutch Maartje Paumen and Australian Eddie Ockenden received the WorldHockey Young Player of the Year 2008 awards. All four hockey stars were present to receive their awards.

According to information received here, the awards were presented by FIH President Els van Breda Vriesman during the special 'Emmy Awards' type of show. All players who participated at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing last August were able to vote for their favourite.

Aymar grabbed her fifth WorldHockey Player of the Year award after she won the title in 2001, 2004, 2005 and 2007. The 31-year-old bronze medallist of the Beijing Olympics was excited with being the best player in the world again.

Dutch striker Maartje Paumen was adjudged as women's WorldHockey Young Player of the Year. She won with Netherlands the gold medal at the Beijing Olympics and became the top scorer of the tournament with 11 goals, a record in Olympic history.

Australian Eddie Ockenden took over the title of men's WorldHockey Young Player of the Year from his teammate Mark Knowles.

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