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Brown and Powell win to sports Award of the Year

Published:Wednesday | January 30, 2008 | 11:43 AM

Jamaican sprint queen Veronica Campbell-Brown and the world’s fastest man, Asafa Powell, last night walked away with top honours at the RJR Sports Foundation’s Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards for 2007.

Powell, who clipped 300th of a second off his 9.77 seconds world record to establish a new 100 metre mark of 9.74 at the Reiti Grand Prix in Italy, surprisingly won ahead of decathlete Maurice Smith.

Powell’s new record came two weeks after he was relegated to third, in the final of the men’s 100 metre at the World Championship in Osaka, Japan.

On the heels of a spectacular 2007 season littered with memorable performances, it was no surprise that Campbell-Brown, the class act of the women’s field, took the award ahead of sprint hurdler Deloreen Ennis-London, who received the runner up award.

The Chairman’s Award was presented to Chris Dehring, who was the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Cricket World Cup, which was staged in the West Indies last year.