Bolt is sportsman of 2008
Before his Thursday´s 100 m race Usain Bolt was crowned the winner of the 2009 Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award, after his sensational performance in the Beijing Olympics.
Bolt, 22, received the world‘s most prestigious sports Award from Laureus World Sports Academy Chairman Edwin Moses and Academy member Michael Johnson on the eve of the Festival of Excellence track and field meet in Toronto, Canada.
After receiving the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award, Bolt performed his trademark celebration, a lightning-like gesture with his arms, and said: „I am delighted to win this prestigious Award and would like to thank everyone who voted for me. It is an honour to succeed such greats as multiple winner Roger Federer, Michael Schumacher, Lance Armstrong and Tiger Woods.“ Laureus website informs.
„I can‘t say he‘s the greatest sprinter I‘ve ever seen - yet. For him to be the greatest, he‘ll have to win gold at another Olympics or a World Championship, show some consistency and longevity. But there‘s no reason for me to think he can‘t do it,“ added Johnson.