Bolt, Biles Bag AIPS Award

By Ikenga Chronicles December 30, 2016

Bolt, Biles Bag AIPS Award

Nine times Olympics champion, Usain Bolt and four-time champion from Rio 2016, Simone Biles have both been voted the AIPS Best Athlete of 2016 for both male and female category respectively.
This is followed by votes by the International Sports Press Association (AIPS), where a panel of 382 journalists from 110 countries decided champions of 2016.
Bolt won with a landslide of 1149 votes, ahead of US swimmer and 23-time Olympics Gold medalist Michael Phelps, while Portugal and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, winner of the 2016 Golden Ball, is in third place with 387 votes.
Earlier yesterday, it was announced that Premier League Champions Leicester City F.C. was voted the Best Team, while the award for the Best Press Facility went to Euro 2016.
The feats by  Jamaica’s Usain Bolt which saw him complete a “triple triple” at Rio 2016, winning the Olympic titles in each of the 100m, 200m and 4x100m, after similar clean sweeps in London and Beijing made the award a must.
Bolt is the first man to hold both the 100m and 200m records, and will be looking for his 12th IAAF World Championship title at London 2017, after which the Jamaican superstar is set to retire.
For Simone Biles, she stole the show at the Rio 2016 when she won a record-tying four individual Olympic gold medals and bronze with the dominant U.S. women’s team.
The 19-year old  already regarded as one of the greatest Olympics gymnasts of all time, wowed the crowds in Rio with performances of dazzling complexity and focus and was pronounced as the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year earlier this week.
She won the  AIPS Best Female Athlete of 2016 with just over 50 votes separating first place Simone Biles (524) from three-time Olympic champion swimmer Katinka Hosszú from Hungary, in second place with 472 votes.
Third place went to US tennis star Serena Williams (361) after yet another dominant year in which she won her 22nd Grand Slam title at Wimbledon.
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