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  • London 2012 Dominates Laureus Awards; Bolt, Ennis Win Top Honors


    Usain Bolt. (Getty Images)
    (ATR) Usain Bolt won his third Laureus Sportsman of the Year award and Jessica Ennis takes top sportswoman honors, leading a trio of British award winners.

    Bolt won gold in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m events representing Jamaica and Ennis became the golden girl of the Games winning the heptathlon in front of a home crowd. 

    The 2013 award is Bolt's third and Ennis' first.

    Jessica Ennis. (Getty Images)
    It is little surprise that the 2013 awards would be Olympic-heavy, and five of the seven awards were for performances in London. An additional two awards were created for special performances in London: Sebastian Coe, LOCOG Chairman, won the Lifetime Achievement Award and Michael Phelps received the Laureus Academy Exceptional Achievement Award after becoming the most-decorated Olympian.

    Rounding out the Olympic honorees are: World Breakthrough of the Year for Great Britain's Andy Murray, World Comeback of the Year for Cuban Felix Sanchez and World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability to Daniel Dias of Brazil.

    Murray won a gold and silver at the Olympics in men's tennis; Sanchez a gold in the 400m at the age of 34 and Dias won six swimming golds at the Paralympics,
    Laureus patron Nelson Mandela was one of the speakers at the awards ceremony. (Getty Images)
    all in world record time.

    The award ceremony took place at the Theatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro.

    Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner won the Action Sportsperson of the Year Award while the European Ryder Cup team took home team honors--the only winners who were not part of London 2012.

    The Laureus Sports Awards are the top awards in sport.

    Written by Ed Hula III.

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