Bolt and Fraser-Pryce are crowned 2013 World Athletes of Year, Salazar is Coaching Achievement Award winner, Cain wins Rising Star Award

Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce are the 2013 IAAF World Athletes of the Year. Alberto Salazar is IAAF Coaching Acheivement Award winner and Mary Cain is the IAAF Rising Star award winner. The awards were given out yesterday in Monte Carlo, Monaco. 

As one keen observer said, "Bolt was the best. Sprinting is hard. Usain had a whole bunch of races and lots of chances to screw up, and he did not. That is why he is the World Athlete of the Year. " Enough said. 

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is one of my favorite athletes. The pocket rocket just flies down the track and is a joy to behold. I loved watching her in Brussels just blow the field away. 

Alberto Salazar, I have observed as both athlete and coach. He has come a long way. One keen observer said this, " Alberto Salazar teaches his athletes how to race, which is something other coaches do not get."

Mary Cain, the 17 year old dynamo, is the IAAF Rising Star. She has gone pro. Mary is a gutty runner who has made Alberto Salazar smile when I asked, " Just how good is she?". Alberto will be smiling for some time. 

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Usain Bolt, by Photo

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, 
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Alberto Salazar, IAAF Coaching Achievement Award Winner

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Mary Cain, IAAF Rising Star Award

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16 November 2013


Bolt and Fraser-Pryce are crowned 2013 World Athletes of the Year

Monaco - Usain Bolt (JAM) and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (JAM) were today named the Male andFemale World Athletes of the Year for 2013.

Bolt, who won the award for the fifth time, and Fraser-Pryce, a first-time winner, received their trophies at this evening's IAAF World Athletics Gala held at the Salle des Etoiles of the Sporting Club d'Eté.

The awards were hosted by International Athletics Foundation (IAF) Honorary President HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco and IAF & IAAF President Lamine Diack, who presented the trophies to the Male and Female winners.

Both athletes will also receive a prize of US$100,000.

Usain 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.

He concluded his World Championships by anchoring a Jamaican quartet to the gold medals in the 4x100m Relay. Bolt won 10 out of his 11 100m races (including heats), and was unbeaten in his five races over 200m.

"This season will be the one to go for the (200m) World record," announced Bolt.

"I want to get ready to attack the World record," he added, hinting that below 19 seconds was the target.

Shelly-Ann 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 Jamaican championships in June, she went on to win the gold medal over the longer distance in Moscow.

Like her compatriot Bolt, she also anchored the Jamaican 4x100m team to victory, a national record and the second fastest time in history.

"I'm shocked and excited. It's something that has been a dream of mine," said a delighted Fraser-Pryce, who becomes the second Jamaican woman to win, after Merlene Ottey in 1990.

"Not all the time do things happen that we want to happen, but this did," she added.


Other awards

Mary Cain (USA)

Cain, 17, has set numerous US junior and high school middle-distance records and age-bests since the start of the year and became the youngest athlete ever to represent the USA at the IAAF World Championships after qualifying for the 1500m, making the final in Moscow.


She ran 800m in 1:59.51 at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Eugene to become the first US youth, junior or high school female runner to go under two minutes and improved the US junior 1500m record by almost five seconds when she ran 4:04.62 this summer.


Alberto Salazar (USA)

Salazar was an outstanding distance runner in the 1980s, winning the New York City Marathon on three consecutive occasions from 1980-1982. He also won the 1982 Boston Marathon and finished second at the 1982 IAAF World Cross Country Championships.

As a coach based in Oregon, Salazar has guided the career of Great Britain's double Olympic Games and IAAF World Championships gold medallist Mo Farah as well as a host of top US international runners including Galen Rupp and IAAF Rising Star of the Year Mary Cain.


Gianni Merlo (ITA)

Merlo is a journalist with the Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport and has also been the President of the International Sports Press Association (AIPS), the global body representing sports journalists, since 2005.


Charles Allie (USA)

Competing in the M65 division, Allie broke outdoor World records in the 200m and 400m this year, running 24.65 and 56.09 respectively and set an indoor world best of 25.41 in the 200m.


Christa Bortignon (CAN)

Bortignon, competing in the W75 category, won eight gold medals at the 2013 World Masters Athletics Championships. She holds six W75 World records.



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