Usain Bolt - World's Male Athlete Of The Year
MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - Jamaica's Usain Bolt, who holds the¬†world record (WR) in the 100 metres and also the 200 metres was named last Sunday¬†the¬†2009¬†Male Athlete Of The Year. We photographed Usain Bolt at the Gala held in Monte-Carlo for the announcement, and we had the chance to chat with him at the IAAF News Conference¬†(International Association Of Athletics Federations), also held¬†in Monaco. Usain Bolt's world record 9.58 second time shaved 0.11 seconds off the previous WR for the 100m, which was a spectacular 2009¬†achievement. Bolt's¬†world record over 200 metres of 19.20 seconds (rounded down to 19.19) that he set this year broke Michael Johnson's WR of 19.30 of 1996.
22-year old Usain Bolt said that he was grateful to all who had voted for him and that it was remarkable to him¬†that¬†his track career has already spanned over ten years. Bolt said he has¬†been training over the last two weeks for the 2010 track season, but that over the weekend he took some time out to enjoy himself in beautiful Monaco and party. When we asked him about what he did to watch his diet he answered that he eats almost anything, and that he burns off calories very quickly with his training regime.
Usain spoke about his roots to Africa and that many Jamaicans now have a good idea of the tribe that they originated¬†from on the African contintent. Bolt said that¬†he was in the midst of researching this for his family as well. Usain¬†Bolt also said that he has started the season training by running 1/4 mile distances¬†to bring himself back into sprinting cardio vascular shape. His performaces in 2009 were absolutely exceptional and he is great to speak to and a real gentleman.
In winning the 2009 World Male Athlete Of The Year, Usain Bolt beat out four other notable finalists - the athletes: Kenenisa Bekele (Ethiopia), Tyson Gay (United States), Steven Hooker (Australia), and Andreas Thorkildsen (Norway).