Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Bolt Wins Laureus Sportsman award

Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt has been named Laureus World Sportsman of the Year for the second successive time at a star-studded ceremony in Abu Dhabi.

Bolt maintained his complete dominance of men's sprint events in 2009, winning the 100 and 200 meters world titles in Berlin -- both in stunning new world record times -- as well as helping his nation claim gold in the 4x100m relay.

His performances last August mirrored those of 2008, when Bolt announced himself to the world when shattering world records when winning both sprints at the Beijing Olympic Games.

The 23-year-old is now the first man in history to hold the world and Olympic 100 and 200 m titles at the same time -- as well as also securing both world record.

Elsewhere, world tennis number one Serena Williams claimed the Sportswoman of the Year honor, having won the Australian Open and Wimbledon in 2009.
Video: Laureus Sports Awards preview

Meanwhile, Williams' rival Kim Clijsters, won the Comeback of the Year award, following her U.S. Open victory after a two-year absence from tennis.

Elsewhere, Formula One world champion Jenson Button won the Breakthrough of the Year award while his Brawn GP team was named Team of the Year.