TORONTO, Canada — Usain Bolt on Wednesday was named Laureus World Sportsman of the Year, following his dominant performances at the Beijing Olympics last summer.
The Jamaican who became the first man to win both the 100m and 200m and 4x100m sprint relay gold medals with world record performances at the same Games, was delighted to receive such an award.
"I am delighted to win this prestigious award and would like to thank everyone who voted for me," said Bolt.
"It is an honor to succeed such greats as Roger Federer, Michael Schumacher, Lance Armstrong and Tiger Woods."
Bolt received his award from American sprint legend Michael Johnson, the man who watched the 22-year-old lowered his previous 200m world record from 19.32seconds to 19.30secs in Beijing.