Monday, 5 November 2012

CUT TO THE CHASE: Easy favourite Usain Bolt poised to rake in more 2012 accolades

RACING FORM: The track star at the Summer Olympics in London.

As in seasons past, the accolades keep pouring in for Jamaica’s reigning sprint king Usain Bolt, who has landed yet another global nomination for Athlete of the Year. 

Given his spectacular on-the-track performances in 2012, highlighted by a triple-gold-medal haul at the London Summer Olympics, Bolt is considered the frontrunner in a three-man race that also includes American hurdler Aries Merritt and Kenya’s middle-distance runner David Rudisha. 

Rudisha, who won the award back in 2010, took gold in the 800M at the London Games in a world-record time of 1 minute 40.91 seconds. Merritt snagged the 110m hurdles gold and later in the season set a new world record of 12.80 seconds. The three superstars received the largest number of votes in a poll conducted by the IAAF. The winner will be selected by the council of the International Athletic Foundation and announced during the IAAF centenary celebrations in Barcelona on Nov. 24. 

Should the 26-year-old Bolt walk away with the award, he would be the first to get it four times, following wins in 2008, 2009 and 2011. Back home, the sprinter is looking forward to the National Sportsman/woman awards nominations, due out next month.

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