Sprint sensation Usain Bolt was named Laureus World Sportsman of the Year for the third time.
The winners of the 2013 Laureus World Sports Awards were unveiled at a globally televised Awards Ceremony in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Monday.
Bolt was acclaimed Laureus World Sportsman of the Year after his remarkable performance at the Olympics when he repeated his success in Beijing by winning gold medals in all three sprint events in London – 100 metres, 200 metres and 4 x 100 metres relay.
Bolt was not there in person to receive the award at Rio’s Theatro Municpal but appeared via a hologram.
British heptathlete Jessica Ennis won the female equivalent for which Bolt’s countrywoman, double Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce was nominated.
Meanwhile legendary swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time with a career total of 22 medals, including 18 gold medals, eight of which he won in one Olympiad in Beijing, was presented with a new Award – the Laureus Academy Exceptional Achievement Award.