Usain Bolt wins the Laureus Award for Best Sportsman of the Year

Bolt received the trophy from the legend Michael Johnson, who funnily remarked not to break other people's records

Usain Bolt wins the Laureus Award for Best Sportsman of the Year

Jamaican great Usain Bolt has overcome the challenges of Cristiano Ronaldo and LeBron James to win the Laureus "Sportsman of the Year" award for a record fourth time, while gymnast prodigy Simone Biles got the top honour in women's category at a star-studded ceremony.

Bolt towering at 1.95 metres and Biles at just 1.45 metres enjoyed standing ovation as they have received their awards.

Usain Bolt won this award in 2009, '10 and '13 and joined the herd of tennis legend Roger Federer, Serena Williams and surfer Kelly Slater as the four-time Laureus award winner by clinching the "Oscar of sports" award.




Bolt received the trophy from the legend Michael Johnson, who funnily remarked not to break other people's records. Bolt responded to this 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 equalling it with someone like Roger Federer is great. I am kin great company. It is special," the sprinter added.

Simone Biles notched up the "Sportswoman of the Year" award based on her outstanding achievements at the last year's Rio Olympics, where she emerged with 4 gold medals and bronze.





Swimmer and most celebrated Olympian Michael Phelps bagged the "Comeback of the Year" award after returning to the arena and winning five more gold medals.

After the 2012 London Olympics, Phelps had announced his retirement but came out of it and participated at the Rio Games where he bagged as many as five golds and a silver.

"Looking back at my career today, I can say that Rio was my greatest race," said Phelps after receiving the award.

Formula One racer Nico Rosberg got the "Breakthrough of the Year" award. He was unlucky to getting ended up as runner-up in 2014 and 2015 but finally won the title last year.Rosberg remarked about the two laps in Abu Dhabi as 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.



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