Jamaica’s sprint King and Queen of Track and Field Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce were on Saturday named the IAAF’s male and female World Athletes of the Year for 2013.
Bolt had already won the award in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012. He also successfully defended his 100 and 200m titles at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow this summer, winning the 200m in a 2013 world-leading time of 19.66 sec.
To top it all of he ended his world championships in fine style by anchoring Jamaica’s quartet to the gold medals in the 4x100m relay.
Bolt had good competition from British distance runner Mo Farah, who followed up on his 5,000-10,000m double at the London Olympics with two golds at the Moscow worlds.
“Wow..another IAAF athlete of year award. I’m beyond honoured…Jamaica this one is for you guys,” Bolt said in a tweet.
Fraser-Pryce, 26, regained her 100m title at those world champs, her winning time of 10.71sec the fastest of the year.
She also ran the fastest 200m time of the year (22.13) at the Jamaican championships in June and went on to win world gold in Moscow.
Just like Bolt, she also anchored the Jamaican 4x100m team to a sensational victory, a national record and the second fastest time in history.
Both athletes received a prize of $100,000.
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