Usain Bolt & Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce Named 2013 Athletes of the Year

Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce were named the 2013 Athletes of the Year, making it the first time a Jamaican duo has copped the prestigious title and only the third time in the history of the award.

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

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 national championships in June, she went on to win the gold medal over the longer distance in Moscow.

Both athletes will also receive a prize of US$100,000, according to the IAAF website.

Source: Jamaica Observer

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