Bolt is it! Usain wins ‘World Athlete’ award

Usain Bolt and Almaz Ayana pick up their awards from Prince Albert of Monaco (far left) and IAAF president Lord Coe (far right)

Jamaica sprint superstar Usain Bolt has won his record sixth Men’s International Association of Athletes Federation World Athlete Award, this time for his outstanding feats at the Summer Olympics in Rio, Brazil.

Bolt, 30, who plans to quit the sport next year following the World Championships in England, predictably captured the top honor, while long-distance runner, Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana took the Female Athlete of the Year title during the 2016 World Athletics Gala Awards ceremony in Monaco last Friday.

He successfully defended his 100 metres title in a time of 9.81 seconds and returned to complete the double for the third straight Olympiad when he clocked 19.78 to capture the 200 meters.

His ninth Olympic gold medal came when he anchored the men’s sprint relay team to victory for Jamaica.

He was undefeated for the season.