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2 Jamaicans: Bolt and Richards named Athletes of the Year

2009 World Athletes of the Year, Sanya Richards and Usain Bolt (Getty Images)
Monte-Carlo – During the celebrations of the World Athletics Gala hosted by International Athletic Foundation (IAF) Honorary President HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco and IAF & IAAF President Lamine Diack in the Salle des Etoiles of the Sporting Club d’Eté, Monte Carlo, on Sunday 22 November, 23-year-old Jamaican Usain Bolt and Jamaican born 24-year-old Sanya Richards (who runs for the USA) were crowned as the Male and Female World Athletes of the Year 2009.

Bolt, who again captivated the attention of the sporting world with his World 100m and 200m gold medals, earned the honour for the second consecutive year.

“It’s been an amazing season, but also a trying season,” said Bolt, who broke his own World records with stunning 9.58 and 19.19 performances at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium. “To be named athlete of the year is such a great honour, it shows that all the work we put in pays off.”

Like Bolt in the shorter sprints, Richards dominated the women’s 400m, producing seven of the year’s 10 fastest performances and finally won her first World title.

“I was asked if this feeling would be the same as being World champion and it really is,” said Richards, who had previously been named World Athlete of the Year in 2006. “Considering the other athletes I was up against this year, I know this must have been a really tough decision.”

2009 World Athletics Gala Awards

Male World Athlete of the Year
Usain Bolt (JAM)

Female World Athlete of the Year
Sanya Richards (USA)

Coach of the Year
Clyde Hart (USA)

Inaugural IAAF World Journalist Award
Gustav Schwenk (GER)

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Comment by Gideon Charles on November 27, 2009 at 3:51pm
Congrats Mr Usain Bolt and Ms Sonya Richards. You have made Jamiaca, the Caribbean and the world proud of your accomplishments. Keep up the good work and continued success in your endeavors.
Comment by DOCTOR SUGAR on November 27, 2009 at 1:42pm
One of the greatest Track & Field years ever!
Thanks to all the Caribbean athletes who helped advance the sport.
Comment by eSavoy on November 26, 2009 at 7:14pm
This is a great time for Mr Usain Bolt & his family. I wish him all the best & continued success , if he needs to make a move to a bigger stage I am all for it. He has reach his peek in Jamaica as a athlete.
Comment by Lady Di on November 26, 2009 at 3:36pm
Congratulations yaardy.
Comment by WildBunchChris on November 26, 2009 at 8:44am
Congratulations to both of them, wall deserved and remember that I will be playing some good reggae music this saturday from 2:00 pm to 4:00pm @ check me out, to the world,

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