Usain Bolt Named Male World Athlete of the Year for a Fifth Time
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Usain Bolt at the World Athletics Gala 2013 (photo by Philippe Fitte for the IAFF)
The International Athletics Foundation (IAAF) named Jamaican sprinters Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce male and female World Athletes of the Year for 2013 at a ceremony in Monaco on Saturday. The ceremony marks the fifth time that Bolt has received the honor.
Bolt, 27, won gold in the 100 meters, 200 and 4×100 relay at the World Championships in Moscow this past August, bringing his total medal count to eight golds and two silvers at the World Championships. He has been named World Athlete of the Year for five of the past six years, and is the most successful athlete in their history.
Fraser-Pryce, 26, is a first-time winner of the award. She also won gold in the 100 meters, 200 and 4×100 relay in August, giving her a total of 7 medals at the World Championships.