MONACO – The 17th annual Laureus World Sports Awards are awarded in Monaco, in a glittering ceremony hosted by actor Hugh Grant and featuring some of the biggest names in world sport.
The Awards, returning to Monaco where they were first held in 2000, are presented across a number of categories and celebrate great sporting achievement from the last year. The Nominees for each Award are selected by a panel of over 2000 sports journalists with the winner selected from a shortlist by the legendary members of the Laureus World Sports Academy.
Usain Bolt Wins Laureus Sportsman Of The Year
Olympian Usain Bolt has won Laureus sportsman of the year in Monaco
Simone Biles won Laureus sportswoman of the year after her Rio extravaganza
Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri won a special discretionary award
Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg won Laureus world breakthrough
Swimmer Michael Phelps won Laureus world comeback of the year
Jamaican sprint great Usain Bolt says he has no regrets about his decision to retire from athletics in 2017 as he has accomplished everything he wants to in the sport.
Bolt will hang up his spikes following the world championships in London in August, bringing the curtain down on a career that has delivered eight Olympic gold medals.
Bolt completed a ‘treble treble’ of 100m, 200m and 4x100m Olympic titles at the 2016 Rio Games, but had his 2008 relay gold stripped last month after team mate Nesta Carter’s re-tested sample showed traces of a banned substance.
Back-to-back Olympic 5,000 and 10,000 metres gold medal winner Mo Farah and double Olympic tennis champion Andy Murray finished behind Bolt for the award.
Real Madrid and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo and basketball duo Stephen Curry and LeBron James were also shortlisted.
Simone Biles was amazing to watch at the gymnastics in Rio. She picked up three golds and was rewarded with the Laureus world sportswoman of the year.
Leicester City shocked football fans across the globe when they were guided by Claudio Ranieri to the Premier League title. The club won a spirit of sport award while Ranieri was presented with a special discretionary prize.
Britain’s Rachel Atherton won the world action sportsperson of the year award for her downhill mountain biking feats.
Shows: Red Carpet, Awards and Photo Call
Other: More information can be found at www.laureus.com