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Usain Bolt named one of three finalists for IAAF World Athlete of the Year

Usain Bolt 2013Jamaican sprinting legend, Usain Bolt has once again been nominated for the IAAF’s World Athlete of the Year award, set to be awarded on November 16 in Monaco.

On Monday, the world’s governing athletics body announced the three male finalists for the award, which included Bolt, a six-time Olympic gold medalist, as well as British long-distance runner, Mohamed Farah and Ukranian high jumper, Bohdan Bondarenko.

The men were selected after a month-long process involving the World Athletics Family. Female nominees for the same award will be announced on Tuesday.

Bolt, who completed the sprint double and helped retain Jamaica’s 4 by 100m relay title at this past summer’sIAAF World Championships in Moscow, has won theIAAF World Athlete of the Year the last two years and four of the last five, with 2010 being his only near miss, losing out to Kenyan 800m maestro, David Rudisha.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who also achieved the sprint double at the worlds, is on a shortlist for the femaleWorld Athlete of the Year. No Jamaican female athlete has won this honor since Merlene Ottey copped it in 1990.

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Usain Bolt wins the men's 100m

Black, Green and GOLD: Jamaica’s true colors show in London

After 4 world records, 11 medals and the birth of a sprinting legend in Beijing, you’d figure that Jamaica’s chances of improving on their last Olympic performance were as small as a red rose. But like England’s national flower, Team Jamaica oozed the sweetest smell, of success that is, as they managed to do one better during the summer games in London.

In the land where the Royal Family reigns supreme, Jamaica’s greatest track product solidified his place on the sport’s throne as Usain Bolt achieved unprecedented success by successfully retaining his 100m and 200m titles. Despite criticisms from fans and pundits following an uncharacteristically lethargic performance at the Jamaican National Trials last month, Bolt has never been one to let down his guard on the biggest of stages.

After 4 world records, 11 medals and the birth of a sprinting legend in Beijing, you’d figure that Jamaica’s chances of improving on their last Olympic performance were as small as a red rose. But like England’s national flower, Team Jamaica oozed the sweetest smell, of success that is, as they managed to do one better during the summer games in London.

In the land where the Royal Family reigns supreme, Jamaica’s greatest track product solidified his place on the sport’s throne as Usain Bolt achieved unprecedented success by successfully retaining his 100m and 200m titles. Despite criticisms from fans and pundits following an uncharacteristically lethargic performance at the Jamaican National Trials last month, Bolt has never been one to let down his guard on the biggest of stages.

Given that Yohan Blake teased many of us with his blistering run of form in the last year, it was logical to think that some fans (including myself) would roll with the hot hand. Unfortunately, Bolt ensured that we got burned badly for making that switch as his mystique and uncanny ability to accelerate at ease during the second half of any sprint proved that he not only hails as a master of sprinting but at deception as well.

For all the times that people have doubted Bolt, it always seems as if Bolt intentionally tries to toy with us at every turn just for the purpose of entertainment and intrigue as he’s by far track and field’s most attractive draw. It’s as if Bolt’s 100m defense was just a warm-up act for his usually appealing show as he turned up the heat in the 200m and 4 by 100m relay; forever assuming his place as one of the greatest Olympians of all time, if not, the greatest given the ease that he’s managed to defend his titles.

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