Published On: Sat, Nov 24th, 2012

David Rudisha bags Male Perfomance of the Year Award

24 November 2012 –

Kenya’s David Rudisha was this afternoon awarded Male performance of the Year by IAAF, at the Athletes of the Year Awards ceremony. Usain Bolt  as anyone would expect bagged the Male World Athletes of the Year for the fourth time.

Kenya’s Sports Journalist Elias Makori was honored by being awarded ‘WORLD JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR .Makori has covered athletics for 20 years, first for the East African Standard and since 1993 for the Nation Media Group, where he currently works as the Sports Editor for one of Africa’s leading English language dailies, the Daily Nation. Choosing to devote much of his career to coverage of track and field, Makori has covered the full spectrum of IAAF World Championship events, the last two Olympic Games, and has worked for several of the world’s leading marathons. Makori has served as an officer for several national, regional and continental professional organisations, and has been a member of the IAAF Press Commission since 2007. [Click here for CV.]

During the 2012 London Olympics, Makori was critical of Team Kenya’s ‘Management’ of lack of it, which was not well received by team Kenya Officials.  Makori’s award was presented by Lord Sebastian Coe.

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

Usain Bolt, 26, the World Athlete of the Year in 2008, 2009 and 2011, successfully defended both his 100m and 200m titles at the Olympic Games in London, clocking 9.63 and 19.32 respectively, both the fastest times in the World this year. He concluded his Olympic appearance by anchoring a Jamaican quartet to a 36.84 World record in the 4x100m Relay. He won six out of seven competitions in the 100m, and three of four in the 200m.

“This means a lot to me as this was one of my hardest years,” said Bolt. “My coach doesn’t want us to discuss injuries, so I didn’t talk about it, so this means a lot.”

Allyson Felix, 27, following World 200m titles in 2005, 2007 and 2009, won the Olympic 200m title in London and was part of the gold medal-winning 4x100m and 4x400m Relay teams to become the first woman since 1988 to win three gold medals at a single Olympic Games. The victorious 4x100m Relay quartet in London clocked a 40.82 World record. Her 21.69 victory in the 200m at the U.S. Olympic Trials was the fastest in the world this year and made Felix the fourth fastest woman in history.

“It is pretty much one of the coolest awards I’ve ever received,” Felix said. “Winning it means you are at the top of your sport, which is something we all strive for. To finally reach the goal during the journey of a long career is very special.”

 

 

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