Nine-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt was voted the AIPS Best Male Athlete of 2016 for a record sixth time. Proving to be the star of yet another Olympic year, Jamaica’s Usain Bolt completed a ‘triple-triple’ at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, winning gold in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m to replicate his feats from the 2008 and 2012 Games.
A panel of 382 sports journalists from 110 countries voted for this year’s champions, making it the most international poll yet by the AIPS. Bolt earned 33.42 per cent of the votes in the men’s category, more than double the second-place candidate, Michael Phelps.
The award for Best Female Athlete went to US gymnast Simone Biles, winner of four gold medals at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.