Usain Bolt has copped two major best of the year awards for 2015.
For the fourth time, Bolt has won French magazine L’Equipe’s best athlete of the year. He also received the acclaimed International Sports Press Association (AIPS) America Male Athlete of the Year award after dominating the polls.
In claiming the award the sprinter defeated Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic and rugby player Dan Carter, from New Zealand.
For her part, Williams, who has won three Grand Slam tournaments, won the award in the women’s category, ahead of her compatriot Katie Ledecky, a five-time world champion in swimming, and French cyclist Pauline Ferrand-Prevot.
Bolt and Williams succeed French pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie and Ledecky, who won the awards last year.
The award winners are chosen by secret voting by the journalists of L’Equipe.