Bolt and Felix Take Honours

Usain Bolt and Allyson Felix were the winners at the 100th IAAF athlete of the year awards.

The celebratory week in Barcelona has seen some amazing remembrance videos and lectures, but it all culminated tonight with the awarding of the 2012 male and female athlete of the year.

Usain Bolt, up against David Rudisha and Aries Merritt, took the title after an impressive 2012 once more. The Jamaican star took gold in the 100m, 200m and the 4x100m relay at the London 2012 Olympics, becoming the first man to successfully retain all three titles.

His year however did not see a world record in them, but he still ran the fastest 100m time of the year, and was a clear victor in both events in London.

For Rudisha and Merritt, their years both included gold medals at the Olympics and world records, and for both their time to shine will continue to grow.

In the female category, Felix was up against British heptathlete Jessica Ennis and New Zealand star Valerie Adams.

However unlike the others, Felix attempted a great double at the games and won, in what was a very bold move after her poor showing attempting the same double in the 2011 World Championships.

She is arguably the greatest ever female sprinter, able to combine explosive power for the 100m to the endurance for the 400m and is a valuable asset to any american relay side.

For Ennis, the European athlete of the year title will have to do for 2012, but she can be proud of her achievements and the new world record she set in Gotzis. For Adams, she will continue to improve and the athletics scene is hers to grasp with both hands.

You can find out more information about the IAAF centenary at www.iaaf.org/.

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