Barcelona – Spain, Nov 24: Usain Bolt (JAM) and Allyson Felix (USA) were today named the Male and Female World Athletes of the Year for 2012.
Bolt, who won the award for the fourth time, and Felix, a first-time winner, received their trophies and US$100,000 prize at the Athletes of the Year Awards Ceremony in the Grand Ballroom of the Pullman Skipper Hotel, ahead of this evening’s IAAF Centenary Gala Show in the MNAC Museum.
The awards were hosted by International Athletic Foundation (IAF) Honorary President HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco and IAF & IAAF President Lamine Diack, who presented the trophies to the Female and Male winners respectively.
Usain Bolt, 26, the World Athlete of the Year in 2008, 2009 and 2011, successfully defended both his 100m and 200m titles at the Olympic Games in London, clocking 9.63 and 19.32 respectively, both the fastest times in the World this year. He concluded his Olympic appearance by anchoring a Jamaican quartet to a 36.84 World record in the 4x100m Relay. He won six out of seven competitions in the 100m, and three of four in the 200m.
Allyson Felix, 27, following World 200m titles in 2005, 2007 and 2009, won the Olympic 200m title in London and was part of the gold medal-winning 4x100m and 4x400m Relay teams to become the first woman since 1988 to win three gold medals at a single Olympic Games. The victorious 4x100m Relay quartet in London clocked a 40.82 World record. Her 21.69 victory in the 200m at the U.S. Olympic Trials was the fastest in the world this year and made Felix the fourth fastest woman in history.
MALE PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR,
Presenter – Peter Snell
David Rudisha (KEN) – 1:40.91 800m World record at the Olympic Games in London.
FEMALE PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
Presenter – Ed Moses
USA Olympic 4x100m Relay – 40.82 World record at the Olympic Games in London.
IAAF INSPIRATIONAL AWARD
Presenter – Kip Keino
Aries Merritt (USA)
MALE RISING STAR AWARD
Presenter – Jan Zelezny
Keshorn Walcott (TRI)
FEMALE RISING STAR AWARD
Presenter – Marie-José Pérec
Antonique Strachan (BAH)
WORLD JOURNALIST AWARD
Presenter – Sebastian Coe
Elias Makori (KEN)
COACHING LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Presenter – Sergey Bubka
Glen Mills (JAM)
MALE MASTER ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Presenter – Dahlan Al Hamad
Rob Lida (USA)
FEMALE MASTER ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Presenter – Robert Hersh
Lynn Ventris (AUS). —- IAAF/Photo: guardian.co.uk