Bolt and Fraser-Pryce are crowned 2013 World Athletes of the Year


Usain Bolt (JAM) and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (JAM) were named the Male and Female World Athletes of the Year for 2013.

Bolt, who won the award for the fifth time, and Fraser-Pryce, a first-time winner, received their trophies at this evening's IAAF World Athletics Gala held at the Salle des Etoiles of the Sporting Club d'Eté.

The awards were hosted by International Athletics Foundation (IAF) Honorary President HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco and IAF & IAAF President Lamine Diack, who presented the trophies to the Male and Female winners.

Both athletes will also receive a prize of US$100,000.

Usain Bolt, 27, previously the World Athlete of the Year in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012, successfully regained his 100m title and won the 200m at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, winning the latter final in a 2013 world-leading time of 19.66.

He concluded his World Championships by anchoring a Jamaican quartet to the gold medals in the 4x100m Relay. Bolt won 10 out of his 11 100m races (including heats), and was unbeaten in his five races over 200m.

"This season will be the one to go for the (200m) World record," announced Bolt.

"I want to get ready to attack the World record," he added, hinting that below 19 seconds was the target.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, 26, regained her 100m title at the 2013 IAAF World Championships, winning in 10.71 which remained the fastest time of the year. After having run the fastest time of the year in the 200m, 22.13 at the Jamaican championships in June, she went on to win the gold medal over the longer distance in Moscow.

Like her compatriot Bolt, she also anchored the Jamaican 4x100m team to victory, a national record and the second fastest time in history.

"I'm shocked and excited. It's something that has been a dream of mine," said a delighted Fraser-Pryce, who becomes the second Jamaican woman to win, after Merlene Ottey in 1990.

"Not all the time do things happen that we want to happen, but this did," she added.