MONTE-CARLO, Monaco – Usain Bolt won his 6th IAAF World Athlete of the Year Award here on Friday night (December 2).

Bolt, dressed in black jacket suit with white under shirt and brown tie and shoe, collected his award at the Salle des Etoiles in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

In his short speech, Bolt said: “This is special. It’s all for the fans, I know they don’t want me to retire, I do this for them.”

Later he tweeted: “Honoured to to be your @iaaf Athlete of the Year for the 6th time”

Bolt beat South African Wayde van Niekerk and Britain’s Mo Farah for the male award. van Niekerk won the Olympic Games 400m title in a record 43.03 seconds while Farah took the 5,000/10,000 double.

The king of the sport clocked season’s bests of 9.81 and 19.78 to win the 100m and 200m in Rio and then anchored the Jamaican team to a world-leading 37.27 to win the 4x100m. The world 100/200m record holder also won the award in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013. He is the only person to have won more than five times.

Meanwhile, Elaine Thompson, the Rio Olympic Games sprint double queen, just missed out on the Female Athlete of the Year Award, which went to Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana.

Poland’s Anita Wlodarczyk was the other athlete to make the top three.

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Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.


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