Roger Federer was defeated by the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, for the Lareus Sportsman of the Year award.
Federer’s two Grand Slams and year-end No. 1 finish were apparently not enough to topple Bolt who also won the award for 2008 when the Jamaican burst into stardom during the Beijing Olympics.
Serena Williams took home the women’s honor (her second) while Kim Clijsters was named World Comeback of the Year.
Juan Martin Del Potro was also nominated for breakthrough player but did not win.
I am a big fan of Bolt’s and when he’s on American television (almost never) I will do my best to try and watch. The guy is incredibly compelling and great to watch. But honestly I can’t even recall him racing last year, although I’m told he took the award thanks to three gold medals he won at the World Championships (maybe I did see a race last summer?). I guess that trumps a few Slam titles these days.
Then again who am I to judge. I’m American and outside of the tennis players and Bolt, the rest of the award winners (and many of the nominees) are totally unrecognizable to me.
Congrats to all the winners!
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