Bolt wins Sportsman award for 2009

Usain Bolt and Serena Williams won the 2010 Laureus sportsman and sportswoman awards on Wednesday at a ceremony in the Emirati capital of Abu Dhabi.

Bolt, the Jamaican sprinter and winner of three Olympic gold medals, was named for his achievements in 2009. Taking the Laureus award for the second time, Bolt last year picked up three gold medals at the athletics world championships, setting world records in the 100- and 200-metre competitions. Williams won Wimbledon and the Australian Open and retook the top spot in tennis world rankings.

The winners are chosen by the Laureus World Sports Academy, made up of 46 former sporting greats, including World Cup-winning footballers Franz Beckenbauer and Bobby Charlton, cricketer Ian Botham and three-time Wimbledon tennis champion John McEnroe.

The Academy is chaired by Edwin Moses, an American track and field athlete who won gold medals at the 1976 and 1984 Olympics.

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