Laureus Awards

Usain Bolt and Serena Williams in line for Laureus honours

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 26 February, 2014, 10:43pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 26 February, 2014, 10:44pm


Jamaican sprint ace Usain Bolt has been nominated for what would be a record fourth Laureus Award, while US tennis player Serena Williams is also in the star-studded shortlist, organisers said on Wednesday.

Joining Bolt as nominees for the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award are British distance runner Mo Farah, US basketball star LeBron James, tennis ace Rafael Nadal of Spain, Portuguese soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo and German Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel. Bolt has previously won a Laureus award in 2009, 2010 and last year.

Besides Williams, the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year could go to German soccer player Nadine Angerer, US swimmer Missy Franklin, Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia or Slovenian skier Tina Maze.

US golfer Tiger Woods has been nominated for Laureus World Comeback of the Year, together with Brazilian footballer Ronaldinho, Nadal and Isinbayeva.

This year’s award ceremony will take place in Kuala Lumpur on March 26, after organisers shifted it from Rio De Janeiro, which hosted it last year.