Barcelona - Olympic champions Usain Bolt and
Allyson Felix were named male and female athlete of the year
respectively by the International Association of Athletics Federations
(IAAF) at a ceremony in Barcelona on Saturday.
Jamaican Bolt, who
retained his 100 and 200 metres titles in London in August, is the
first man to win the award four times, while American Felix was honoured
for her gold medal in the 200 metres.
She was also part of the
gold-winning U.S. 4x100 metres relay team, which was awarded female
performance of the year after smashing the world record set in 1985 by
Kenyan David Rudisha won male performance of the
year for his dazzling run in the 800 metres in London, when he also set a
Trinidad and Tobago's javelin gold medallist
Keshorn Walcott and sprinter Anthonique Strachan of Bahamas were named
as the rising stars of 2012.