World and Olympic doubles champion, Usain Bolt, has been nominated for a record fourth Laureus Award.
The Jamaican sprinter look set to claim the 2013 Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award, but faces stern competition from Portuguese football player Cristiano Ronaldo, British distance runner Mo Farah, US basketball star LeBron James, Rafael Nadal of Spain and German Formula 1 champion Sebastian Vettel.
Bolt has previously won a Laureus award in 2009, 2010 and 2013. The 27-year-old, who successfully defended his 100m title and also won the 200m (in a 2013 world-leading time of 19.66 in the final) at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow, won the previous edition of the award, while Jessica Ennis won the top prize in the women’s category.
Tennis star Serena Williams, German football player Nadine Angerer, US swimmer Missy Franklin, Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia are among those nominated for the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year.
US golfer Tiger Woods has been nominated for “Laureus World Comeback of the Year”, together with Brazilian footballer Ronaldinho, Nadal, Isinbayeva and two others.
This year’s award ceremony will take place in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur on March 26, after organisers shifted it from Rio de Janeiro, which hosted it in 2013.
The winners of the awards are chosen by the Laureus World Sports Academy, whose jury is made up of 46 sports stars.