Bolt and Ayana: Familiar Faces, Phenomenal Deeds – 2016 World Athletes of the Year
Olympic champions Usain Bolt and Almaz Ayana were named the IAAF World Athletes of the Year at the IAAF Athletics Awards 2016 at a ceremony in Monaco last night. Here’s my summary of their 2016 seasons for the IAAF.
While their names have long been familiar to athletics fans, the roads that Usain Bolt and Almaz Ayana paved and travelled on the way to their 2016 World Athlete of the Year awards provided yet another inspiring example on how to reach the pinnacle of the sport, adding even more superlatives to their already extraordinary athletic resumes.
Bolt, for nearly a decade one of the sporting world’s most recognizable stars, received the award for a record sixth time after overcoming a mid-season injury scare to win a third successive Olympic triple, while Ayana, who redefined the limits of endurance when taking the Olympic 10,000m title, won her first.