Usain Bolt and Serena Williams win AIPS awards

Aug 18, 2013; Moscow, RUSSIA; Usain Bolt (second from left) anchors the Jamaica 4 x 100m relay team to victory in 37.36 in the 14th IAAF World Championships in Athletics at Luzhniki Stadium. From left: Dwain Chambers (GBR), Bolt and Justin Gatlin (USA) and Martin Keller (GER). Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Tennis superstar Serena Williams and track and field champion Usain Bolt have been named the top athletes in the world by the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) for the second year in a row. Bolt also won the prestigious award back in 2008 and 2009.

Bolt earned 1,282 votes from the panel comprised of 470 sports journalists from 96 countries. Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel was second with 499 votes, and Real Madrid soccer superstar Christiano Ronald came in third with 437 votes.

The results were a bit closer with regards to Williams. She received 915 votes, edging out Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva by only 271 votes. (Isinbayeva won the award in 2006, 2008, and 2009.) Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraiser-Pryce finished in third with 551 votes.

The other big AIPS winner was Bayern Munich, who captured the award for best team. Bayern Munich received 1,707 votes, blowing away the second-place Miami Heat by a staggering 1,128 votes.

[Source: Inside the Games]

Topics: AIPS, Serena Williams, Usain Bolt

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