Bolt, who won the award five times between 2008 and 2013, added to his legacy by earning the trophy for a record sixth occasion. The sprinting superstar this year successfully defended his Olympic titles in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m ... Photo credit: © Philippe Fitte for IAAF & © Giancarlo Colombo for IAAF

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has congratulated Usain Bolt on being named the IAAF World Male Athlete of the Year for the sixth time.

Bolt was presented with the award at Sporting Monte Carlo on Friday.

Minister Grange said Bolt was “most deserving of this award” following his exploits at the Olympic Games in Brazil.

“Usain continues to set records on and off the track. He has now won the IAAF Male Athlete of the Year title for a record sixth times – a most deserving award after his record setting performances at the Olympics in Rio. Congratulations Usain! We are proud of and continue to be inspired by you”

At the Rio Games in Brazil in August, Bolt completed a historic ‘three-peat’ or ‘triple-triple’ – three gold medals, in three events (100m, 200m and 4x100m) at three consecutive Olympic Games.

Minister Grange also commended Omar McLeod and Elaine Thompson on being nominated for male and female athletes of the year titles.


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