Bolt Wins Best International Athlete ESPY Award (2017)
On Wednesday night Jamaica’s Usain Bolt won the 2017 ESPY Best International Athlete ESPY Award for his victories in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay events at 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
An ESPY Award (short for Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award) is an accolade currently presented by the American broadcast television network ABC, and previously ESPN, to recognise individual and team athletic achievement and other sports-related performance during the calendar year preceding a given annual ceremony.
Bolt was nominated alongside Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, boxer Canelo Alvarez, swimmer Katinka Hosszu and mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor.
He previously won the Best International Male Athlete award in 2009 and in 2013, and in 2010 was named the Best Track and Field Athlete in 2010.
Awards conferred at the ESPY Awards ceremony reflect performance and achievement over the twelve months previous to presentation, which may span one or two seasons depending upon the recipient’s particular sport.
This year’s awards were held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles and hosted by former NFL star Peyton Manning.
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