Congrats to Jamaican sprinters Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce for being crowned male, female World Athletes of the Year by the sport’s governing IAAF at ceremony in Monaco – @Reuters
Usain Bolt beat out British distance runner Mo Farah and Ukrainian high jumper Bohdan Bondarenko to win his fifth honor in six years. Bolt is the only athlete, male or female, to win the prestigious award more than three times.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce beat out New Zealand shot putter Valerie Adams and Czech 400m hurdler Zuzana Hejnova. She is the first Jamaican female athlete, since Merlene Ottey in 1990, to win the award.
The awards come as the Jamaican program is mired in doping allegations. He told Reuters that the controversy over Jamaica’s anti-doping program is scaring off potential sponsors and costing him money. He said, ”There is a lot going on with this drug thing that I really feel they need to be clear (about) and clarify because now it is causing problems for me when it comes to making money in my sport,” he told a news conference in Monaco.