Awards and Honours

Usain Bolt wins a record sixth ‘Athlete of the Year’ award

Nine-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt has won the IAAF male Athlete of the Year award for a record sixth time.

Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana, who broke the 10,000m world record by over 14 seconds in winning Olympic gold in Rio this summer, won the female award.

  • Bolt, 30, sealed the ‘triple triple’ in Rio, winning his third Olympic title in each of the 100m, 200m and 4x100m. he also won in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
  • Bolt will retire next year, following the 2017 World Athletics Championships in London.
  • Ayana,  broke a record set 23 years earlier when she clocked 29 minutes 17.45 seconds in Rio. The 25-year-old also won 5,000m bronze, and won the Diamond Race.
  • Canada’s Andre de Grasse, the 22-year-old who won 200m silver and 100m bronze in Rio, was named male rising star, while Olympic heptathlon champion Nafissatou Thiam, 22, won the female award.
  • Harry Marra won the IAAF Coaching Achievement Award after guiding Ashton Eaton to a second Olympic decathlon gold and Brianne Theisen Eaton to heptathlon bronze.

About Usain Bolt:

Usain St Leo Bolt ( born 21 August 1986) is a Jamaican sprinter. Regarded as the fastest human ever timed, he is the first man to hold both the 100 metres and 200 metres world records since fully automatic time became mandatory.

He also holds the world record as a part of the 4 × 100 metres relay. He is the reigning World and Olympic champion in these three events. Due to his unprecedented dominance and achievements in the athletic field, he is widely considered the greatest sprinter of all time