Athlete of the Year Award

IAS Prelims 2023

Sprinter Usain Bolt won sixth IAAF male Athlete-of-the-Year award.

Bolt, winner in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013, was rewarded for another blistering season that saw him claim three golds (100, 200 and 4×100 relay) at the Rio Olympics for the third consecutive Games.

The 30-year-old dominated the 100m in 9.81s and came back four days later with a 19.78s victory in the 200m to secure a third straight Olympic title over both distances, a first.

Ethiopian Almaz Ayana pick up the women’s award after her record-setting 10,000m gold in Rio.

In the female category, Almaz claimed the title after smashing the 10,000m World record in Rio.