Jamaican makes history at athlete of the year awards

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Usain Bolt has won the World Athlete of the Year award for the fifth time in his career. This latest victory is Bolt’s third consecutive win, leveling with Moroccan middle distance runner Hicham El Guerrouj. Bolt has become the first athlete to win the award five times.

Hitcham El Guerroui is best known for running in the 1500m and 5000m, and picked up his first World Athlete of the Year award back in 2001 after he won gold in the World Championship in Canada and a gold medal in the World Indoor Championships. El Guerrouj went on to back-to-back awards in 2002 and 2003.

The 27-year-old claimed three gold medals in the World Championships, which took part in Moscow last August and included the 100m, 200m and 100m relay.

It was a Jamaican one-two when it came to the World Athlete awards with Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce taking the women’s award. She matched Bolt’s three gold medals in Russia three months ago. The events she won were the 100m, 200m and 100m relay, the same as Usain Bolt. The 26-year-old Jamaican sprinter has claimed ten gold medals in her career to date and has now won seven medals at World Championships to add to her four Olympic medals.

Fraser-Pryce became the second Jamaican woman to win the award since 1990 when Merlene Ottey claimed the award.

Usain Bolt became the most successful athlete in the history of the World Championships by claiming histenth medal in the championships, with eight of them being gold. Bolt also has six Olympic medals to his name.

When picking up his award in Monaco, Bolt said his target for next year will be to beat his current 200m world record time of 19,19seconds, a record he believes can be broken before he retires. Previously Bolt has said he could hang his boots up as early as 2016 with a change of sport being an option; however, Bolt has yet to rule out an appearance at the World Championships in 2017.

Usain Bolt has had a successful 13 year career, winning 40 medals to date, with 33 of the medals won being gold, and rest being silver.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), includes track and field, cross country running, road running, and racewalking. The first award was given out in 1988 and has been given out every year since. There have been 17 different male winners and 21 different female winners. America has had 11 different winners of the award, more than any other country.

The men & women shortlist for World Athlete of the year award:

Men’s finalists: Usain Bolt (Jamaica, sprinter), Bohdan Bondarenko (Ukraine, high jumper), Mo Farah (GB, distance runner).

Women’s finalists: Valerie Adams (New Zealand, shot put), Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (Jamaica, sprinter), Zuzana Hejnova (Czech Republic, 400m hurdles).

Usain Bolt’s Gold Tally

100m: 2008, 2012 Olympics; 2009, 2013 World Championships

200m: 2008, 2012 Olympics; 2009, 2011, 2013 World Championships

4x100m: 2008, 2012 Olympics; 2009, 2011, 2013 World Championships

With another award to his name, what other achievements can be on the list for Usain Bolt?

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