Usain Bolt Bags Sixth Athlete Of The Year Award

By Ikenga Chronicles December 3, 2016

Sprint king Usain Bolt has emerged IAAF male Athlete of the Year for the sixth time in his track career.

Having bagged the award in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013, Bolt was rewarded for another blistering season that saw him claim three gold medals (100m, 200m and 4x100m relay) at the Rio Olympics for the third consecutive Games.

The Jamaican has lined up records that could be difficult to beat in the nearest future , having won the  100m in 9.81sec and came back four days later with a 19.78sec victory in the 200m to secure a third straight Olympic title over both distances.

He pushed the Jamaican relay team to victory in the 4x100m in 37.27sec, the fourth fastest of all time.

Among several others, his  9.81sec gold medal-winning performance in Rio was the second fastest in the world, his 19.78sec in the 200m the third fastest.

Bolt ended his season unbeaten in six individual finals, having made history as the first athlete to win three consecutive Olympic triples.

“I live for the moments I walk into the stadium”

“I love competing, I dream of being in the stadium competing against the best.

“It’s definitely a big deal” Bolt said of the award.

“When you get to be athlete of the year it means that all the hard work has paid off, so if I can win it for a sixth year means as much as the first one.”

In the female category,  Ethiopian Almaz Ayana picked up the award after smashing her record-setting 10,000m gold in Rio.

She made her last mark in 2015 as‎ the world 5000m champion, and proceeded to rewrite the all-time lists in the ‎10,000m‎.

At 5000m, Almaz took Olympic bronze and won the Diamond Race.

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