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Simone Biles wins Laureus Sportswoman of the Year

Kristopher Love | 17 February, 2017, 01:48

The latest award he is guilty of is pocketing the "Sportsman of the Year" trophy for the record-equalling fourth time while ace gymnast Simone Biles clinched the top honour in the women's category at the Laureus World Awards, for the very first time.

Simone Biles, who bagged four Gold medals (Team, All-around, Vault, Floor exercise) and a bronze medal in balance beam at the Rio Olympics, secured the accolade ahead of Laura Kenny, Katie Ledecky and Allyson Felix.

While Biles was a first-time victor, fellow Olympian Usain Bolt took home World Sportsman of the Year for the fourth time, tying the record held by Roger Federer.

"I wish to thank the (Laureus World Sports) academy for this award and I want to thank the fans for continuing to believe in me and for their support", said Bolt after receiving his award. He said the same - he had done everything he had wanted to do in athletics so there was no reason to stay in the sport. He then went on to bag umpteen awards at various awards functions, global ones I mean.

Bolt completed a "treble treble" of 100m, 200m and 4x100m Olympic titles at the 2016 Rio Games, but had his 2008 relay gold stripped last month after team mate Nesta Carter's re-tested sample showed traces of a banned substance. "I had to take it easy because I wasn't at the level I would usually be".

"The passion began from the time my memory serves me in my appreciation of sport, it's pretty much timeless".