Usain Bolt and Sanya Richards crowned IAAF Athletes of the Year

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt was been crowned the IAAF World Male Athlete of the Year at the World Athletics Gala in Monaco on Sunday.  

Bolt received this annual award for the second year in a row. He carried the day in the 100m and 200m at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin Germany in August. In the process he improved his world records to 9.58 seconds in 100m and 19.30 seconds in 200m. Bolt crowned his outing in Berlin by anchoring the victorious Jamaican 4×100 relay.

 “It’s been an amazing season, but also a trying season,” said Bolt, who broke his own World records with stunning 9.58 and 19.19 performances at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium. “To be named athlete of the year is such a great honour, it shows that all the work we put in pays off.”

Jamaican-born Sanya Richards was named IAAF Female Athlete of the Year. Richards prevailed in the 400m at the world Athletics Championships and world Athletics Finals. Richards, Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva and Ethiopian long distance ace Kenenisa Bekele shared the Golden League Jackpot prize.

Richards dominated the women’s 400m, producing seven of the year’s 10 fastest performances and finally won her first World title.“I was asked if this feeling would be the same as being World champion and it really is,” said Richards, who had previously been named World Athlete of the Year in 2006. “Considering the other athletes I was up against this year, I know this must have been a really tough decision.”

 In a seperate development, Clyde Hart of the United Stated was named the IAAF Coach of the Year. While Sweden’s Gustav Schwenk recived the inaugural IAAF World Journalists Award.

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