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Bolt, Ennis win top Laureus awards

Published:Tuesday | March 12, 2013 | 1:34 PM

The world’s fastest man Jamaica’s Usain Bolt and British athletics queen Jessica Ennis won the top prizes as athletics dominated the Laureus World Sports Awards.

Bolt was crowned the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year for the third time following his triple gold-medal winning performance at London 2012.

Bolt pipped a star-studded field of nominees which included British Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins, Argentinian footballer Lionel Messi, British distance runner Mo Farah and German F1 ace Sebastian Vettel.

The winners of the awards were chosen by the Laureus World Sports Academy, a jury made up of 46 sports stars.

Ennis, who delighted her homeland with victory in the Olympic heptathlon last year, won the World Sportswoman of the Year Award.

Europe's golfers won the Team of the Year prize following their remarkable fightback to beat the United States in the Ryder Cup at Medinah.

British tennis star Andy Murray was named the top breakthrough athlete after his US Open and Olympic triumphs, while hurdler Felix Sanchez of the Dominican Republic got the comeback of the year award.

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