Usain Bolt is the 2011 IAAF World Male Athlete of the year. Bolt is only the second man in history to have won this prestigious award three times.
Fellow Jamaican sprinter, Yohan Blake, won the award for Best Male Performance of the Year. Yohan ran a time of ÔøΩ 19.26 in the 200 metres at the Diamond League final in Brussels.
Speaking of his award, Usain commented,ÔøΩ I am extremely proud of myself this means a lot to me and it has motivated me even more to work harder and to enter this coming season with even greater fight."
Jamaica's Minister of Youth Sports and Culture, Olivia Grange speaking of Bolt's and Yohan's awards said, Bolt deserved to win after a challenging but successful year in which he defended his title in the 200 metres at the World Championships before anchoring the Jamaican team to victory in the 4x100 metres in world record time.
She further spoke of her pride in the success of these young Jamaicans, saying that their successes underscored the importance of following one's passions, hard work and believing in one's abilities.
The International Athletics Foundation event was held in Monaco.