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Laureus World Sports Awards Part 1

The nominations for the prestigious Laureus World Sports Awards are out!! Here are the nominees:

Laureus World Sportsman of the Year:

Usian Bolt (Jamaica)-first man to win 100m, 200m & 4x100m Olympic gold medals in world record times

Lewis Hamilton (UK)-youngest Formula One World Champion in history (23 years and 300 days)

Rafael Nadal (Spain)-won French Open, Wimbledon & Olympic gold medal en route to capturing the number one ranking

Michael Phelps (US)-won eight gold medals in a single Olympic games to overtake Mark Spitz’s record

Christiano Ronaldo (Portugal)-beat Giacomo Agostini’s record 68 500cc wins, and won 6th senior world title

Valentino Rossi (Italy)-beat Giacomo Agostini’s record 68 500cc wins, and won 6th senior world title

Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year:

Tirunesh Dibaba (Ethiopia)–became first woman to win 5,000m & 10,000m at same Olympics

Yelena Isinbayeva (Russia)–created her 24th world record in Beijing to win the pole vault gold medal

Lorena Ochoa (Mexico)–won seven tournaments in 2008, was almost $1m ahead on money list

Stephanie Rice (Australia)–won three swimming gold medals in Beijing; set 5 world records in 2008

Lindsey Vonn (US)–won Alpine World Cup title, also World Cup discipline leader in downhill

Venus Williams (US)–won her 5th Wimbledon title in 2008, also won Olympic doubles gold medal

World Breakthrough of the Year:

Rebecca Adlington (UK)-19, unknown at the start of the year, won Olympic 400m & 800m freestyle

Novak Djokovic (Serbia)–21, won his first Grand Slam tennis title at the Australian Open and rose to number 3 in the world rankings

Ana Ivanovic (Serbia)–20, won first Grand Slam at French Open, was tennis World No.1 for 9 weeks

Anthony Kim (US)-23,won two PGA Tour events and was a member of the winning US Ryder Cup team

Sebastian Vettel (Germany)–youngest ever F1 Grand Prix winner (21 yrs, 73 days)

Zou Kai (China)-won three gymnastic gold medals in Beijing on his Olympic debut

Who do you think should/will win?

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