BEST IN THE WORLD: (L-R) Prince Albert of Monaco, Bolt, Felix and IAAF President Lamine Diack at awards ceremony in Barcelona
SPRINTER USAIN Bolt was named IAAF Male Athlete of the Year for the fourth time at an award ceremony in Barcelona, Spain on November 24.
The 26-year-old Jamaican dominated proceedings at the London 2012 Olympic Games, winning gold in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay.
American sprinter Allyson Felix was named IAAF Female Athlete of the Year.
Felix also won three golds at the Games, crossing the finish line first in the 200m, 4x100m and the 4x400m.
Bolt – who holds world records in the 100m and 200m - told the Associated Press: “For me this is a great honour to win a fourth time. I really worked hard and I was really focused this year. This season was one of my toughest. I had my ups and downs, even though we don't like to talk about them.
"The London Games were magnificent. Fans were there in the stadium from 10 in the morning, I had never seen anything like that."
Felix, 27, added: "My biggest defeats have come at the Olympic Games. After Beijing I was devastated, I had worked as hard as possible but I came up short. But I decided to rededicate myself even harder and it was a blessing in disguise. I was able to work harder than ever before and finally it all came together."