Bolt, Fraser-Pryce snag IAAF Athlete of the Year honors

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (left) and Usain Bolt (right) accept their 2013 IAAF World Athlete of the Year awards at a gala in Monaco on Saturday.. Associated Press (AP)

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (left) and Usain Bolt (right) accept their 2013 IAAF World Athlete of the Year awards at a gala in Monaco on Saturday.. Associated Press (AP)

by Jodee Brown

Jamaica can now lay claim to being only the third country ever to sweep IAAF Athlete of the Year honors after Olympic legends, Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Prycetook home the male and female titles respectively at a gala on Saturday in Monaco.

Neither athlete winning was a shock in truth as both left their marks on the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow, with both winning the 100m and 200m titles as well as anchoring Jamaica to gold in the 4 by 100 relays. Bolt beat out British long distance Olympic champion,Mohamed Farah and Ukranian high jumper, Bohdan Bondarenko on the men’s side while Fraser-Pryce beat New Zealand’s world champion shot-putter, Valerie Adams and the Czech Republic’s 400m queen, Zuzana Hejnova.

While Bolt’s victory continued his stellar run of consecutive athlete of the year triumphs (five in the last six year – exception being 2010), the win for Fraser-Prycebroke a 23 year drought for Jamaican women in relation to the award, being the first since legendary sprinter, Merlene Ottey to do so. The win comes after Fraser-Pryce was surprisingly left off the shortlist last year despite retaining her 100m title at last year’s Olympics in London.

Prior to Jamaica’s sweep this year, only the United States in 1988 (Carl Lewis and Florence Griffith-Joyner) and the United Kingdom in 1993 (Colin Jackson and Sam Gunnell).

Usain Bolt named finalist for IAAF World Athlete of the Year

Multiple Olympic gold medalist and world champion, Usain Bolt has been named as a finalist for the IAAF World Athlete of the Year award.. thesource.com

Multiple Olympic gold medalist and world champion, Usain Bolt has been named as a finalist for the IAAF World Athlete of the Year award.. thesource.com

by Jodee Brown

Jamaican sprinting legend, Usain Bolt has once again been nominated for the IAAF’s World Athlete of the Year award, set to be awarded on November 16 in Monaco.

On Monday, the world’s governing athletics bodyannounced the three male finalists for the award, which included Bolt, a six-time Olympic gold medalist, as well as British long-distance runner, Mohamed Farahand Ukranian high jumper, Bohdan Bondarenko.

The men were selected after a month-long process involving the World Athletics Family. Female nominees for the same award will be announced on Tuesday.

Bolt, who completed the sprint double and helped retain Jamaica’s 4 by 100m relay title at this past summer’sIAAF World Championships in Moscow, has won theIAAF World Athlete of the Year the last two years and four of the last five, with 2010 being his only near miss, losing out to Kenyan 800m maestro, David Rudisha.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who also achieved the sprint double at the worlds, is on a shortlist for the femaleWorld Athlete of the Year. No Jamaican female athlete has won this honor since Merlene Ottey copped it in 1990.