File Photo: Usain Bolt

File Photo: Usain Bolt

by Michael Bascombe

NEW YORK, December 24, 2015 – World sprint champion Usain Bolt is ending the year with another award for his achievements in 2015.

The International Sports Press Association (AIPS) America (grouping of Latin American Sports Journalists) has named the Jamaican speedster as its Male Athlete of the Year, along with Cuban pole vaulter Yarisley Silva Rodriguez who was recognised as the Female Athlete of the Year.

This is the second such award for Bolt who last month copped the 2015 Caribbean Sportsman of the Year organised by the Caribbean Sports Journalists’ Association (CASJA).

Bolt successfully defended his titles in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing last August. The Jamaican sprinter clocked a world-leading time of 19.55 seconds when winning the 200m and he now owns 17 gold medals from senior global championships.

Silva won the pole vault gold medals at the Pan American Games and then rebounded from near elimination to clear 4.90m for the podium in Beijing.

AIPS America also named the Chilean National Football Team as the Best Team of the Year and Media Centre at the Pan American Games in Toronto as the Best Media Centre.

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