Jamaica's sprint star Usain Bolt have been voted the AIPS Best Athlete of the Year for the second year in a row, and the fourth time in total following his other wins in 2008 and 2009, announced the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) on Monday (29).
A panel of 470 sports journalists from 96 countries voted in this year's poll.
The World Athlete of the Year received an overwhelming 1282 votes, 30.24% of the vote, followed by Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel on 499, and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo on 437.
The women’s award, like in 2012, went to US tennis player Serena Williams, who received 915 votes.
Russia’s pole vault queen Yelena Isinbayeva, the AIPS Best Athlete of the Year winner in 2006, 2008 and 2009 was second with 644 votes while Bolt’s compatriot and fellow World Athlete of the Year Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce was third with 551.
Athletics also featured in the vote for Best Press Facilities, which was split into two categories for the first time: Best One Day Sporting Event and Best Press Facilities, Major Championship.
The Winner of the One Day Sporting Event award was the UEFA Champions League Final while the 2013 IAAF Track and Field Championships won the Major Championship category, following on from its predecessor Daegu 2011 which won the Best Press Facilities award two years ago.
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