World’s fastest athlete & Legendary Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt left behind everyone behind in the race for the Laureus ‘Sportsman Of The Year’ Award including hot favorites like Ronaldo & LeBron James to achieve it for record fourth time here in Monaco.
Bolt has already won this award a couple of times back in 2009,10 & 2013, and now by winning it again in 2017 after 4 years he has proved his mettle worth of it.
Bolt has now a total of 4 Laures awards in his name, he has now entered the club of legends including Roger Federer, Serena Williams & Kelly Slater who too have individually won this ‘Oscar Of Sports’ for 4 times.
Bolt received his award from legendary Michael Johnson, who urged him not to break other people’s records. To which Bolt responded by saying “sorry”. “I am sorry to have broken your record,” Bolt told Johnson. “Thanks for the wonderful award. Laureus is one of the biggest awards for me. This is my 4th award and to be equaling it with someone like Roger Federer is great. I am kin great company. It is special,” he added.
Olympic gymnastics champion Biles who cracked 4 Gold Medals & a Bronze in Rio Olympics was adjourned Laures Sportsman Of The Year in the Women’s Category.
Greatest Swimmer of all time, Michael Phelps won the ‘Comeback of the Year’ award after returning to the swimming pool and digging five more gold medals. “Looking back at my career today, I can say that Rio was my greatest race,” said Phelps after getting the award.
F1 Champion Nico Roseberg won the ‘Breakthrough Of The Year’ Award, he ended runner-up in 2014 and 2015 but finally won the title last year.
Roseberg said that the last two laps in Abu Dhabi was the “most sensational moment in my racing career.” “I am really happy to have won the ‘Oscar of Sports’. The last two laps in Abu Dhabi, I didn’t know if my life’s dream was coming true. That stands second behind my wife giving birth to our girl,” said Roseberg after winning the award.
Italy’s Beatrice Vio, the only quadruple amputee in international wheelchair fencing, clinched the disability award, while the Olympic refugee team, led by Tegla Loroupe, won the Laureus Sport for Good award for sporting inspiration at the function, which was hosted by Hollywood star Hugh Grant.
The world’s greatest downhill mountain biker Rachel Atherton was declared the ‘Action Sportsperson Of The Year’, while the Football Club Leicester City bagged a Special Laureus Spirit of Sport award to mark their remarkable achievement by in English Premier League. Chicago Clubs’ first Major League Baseball World Series victory in 108 years made them won Laureus Team of the year award. The winners were chosen by members of the Laureus World Sports Academy. For the first time ever in the history of these awards, sports fans had been given a chance to make their voices heard in a brand new Best Sporting Moment of the Year Award and that honor went to Barcelona Under-12 team.
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