Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt was named sportsman of the year at the 2013 Laureus World Sports Awards ceremony in Rio de Janeiro. Gold-medal winning heptathlete Jessica Ennis of Britain took the women’s award.
Bolt, a 26-year-old Jamaican, claimed the award for the third time after repeating his feat at the 2008 Beijing Olympics by winning gold medals in the 100 meters, 200 meters and 400-meter relay in London last year. Ennis, 27, won the Olympic heptathlon with a British-record score of 6,955 points.
Tennis player Andy Murray, who secured the men’s gold medal at the London games, won the Laureus breakthrough award after also taking his first Grand Slam singles title at the U.S. Open. Europe’s Ryder Cup golf squad took the team award after matching the biggest comeback in the history of the biennial competition against the U.S. to retain the title.
U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps received the inaugural exceptional achievement award after lifting his career tally to a record 22 Olympic medals, including an all-time best 18 golds.
The winners were chosen from a shortlist by the Laureus World Sports Academy, a panel made up of 46 leading sportsmen and sportswomen including Dan Marino, Franz Beckenbauer, Jack Nicklaus and Martina Navratilova.
2013 LAUREUS AWARDS =================== World Sportsman of the Year: Usain Bolt World Sportswoman of the Year: Jessica Ennis World Team of the Year: European Ryder Cup Team World Breakthrough of the Year: Andy Murray World Comeback of the Year: Felix Sanchez World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability: Daniel Dias World Action Sportsperson of the Year: Felix Baumgartner Lifetime Achievement Award: Sebastian Coe Exceptional Achievement Award: Michael Phelps