Kingston— Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, both sprint king and queen of the world, described the past 2013 as wonderful.
Both, Bolt and Fraser-Pryce, were named Jamaica’s Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year here. They were last November named IAAF Male and Female Athletes of 2013.
The 27-year-old Bolt, who won his third straight and fifth overall Jamaican Sportsman of the Year crown, won three gold medals – 100m, 200m and helped Jamaica to the 4x100m title at the 2013 Moscow World Championships.
Bolt, who won ten 100m races and was unbeaten in his five races over 200m, was overjoyed with taking his third straight and fifth overall Jamaica Sportsman of the Year title.
“This year was a wonderful year,” said Bolt, who beat World Championships 200m silver medallist Warren Weir for the title. “It was hard, lots of ups and downs, but overall it was a great season.
“The energy I got last year is continuing to grow and it helped me to grow in so many ways,” said Bolt, who won ahead of training partner and World Championships 200m silver medalist Warren Weir.
Meanwhile, Fraser-Pryce, who had the best season of her career, won the sprint double in Moscow. She won the 100m in a world-leading 10.71 and three days later topped the 200m field in 22.17. Fraser-Pryce, who rounded off her fantastic season by securing the historic Diamond League sprint double, also said 2013 was a difficult year.
“It was a hard year, but a year that met all my expectations because I worked hard and I was fully committed to the task ahead,” she said.
Javon Francis, who ran a stunning anchor for Jamaica to take silver medal in the men’s 4x400m in Moscow, collected the People's Choice Award.