Usain Bolt, Almaz Ayana named 2016 IAAF athletes of the year

Prince Albert II of Monaco (l) with Jamaica's Usain Bolt, Ethiopia' Almaz Ayana and IAAF President Sebastian Coe, Bolt and Ayana were awarded best male and female athlete of the year 2016, December 2, 2016. PHOTO/Claude Paris/AP

Bolt named male athlete of the year for the 6th time in his career

Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt was late last week named the 2016 male athlete of the year, winning the award from the sport’s governing body for a 6th time.

Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia won the women’s award, after her world-record run to win Olympic gold in the 10,000 meters.

The awards were handed out Friday by the IAAF at a gala ceremony in Monaco. The winners were chosen by athletics officials, athletes, journalists and an on-line public poll.

Bolt won golds in the 100 meters, 200 meters and 4×100 meters at the Rio Olympics, repeating his feats of the 2012 London Games and in Beijing in 2008.

Ayana smashed the world record in the Olympic 10,000m. Her time of 29:17.45 shaved more than 14 seconds off the previous best.

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