Usain Bolt has been named the Best International Athlete at the ESPY Awards held on Wednesday night at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Bolt won the award for his stunning gold-winning performance in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay at the 2016 Rio Olympics, achieving an unprecedented ‘triple-treble’ at three consecutive Olympics. This is Usain Bolt’s third ESPYs. He won the Best International Male Athlete award in 2009 and in 2013.
The ESPY (short for Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award) recognizes some of the world’s best female and male athletes for their accomplishments in their respective sports, all while reliving unforgettable moments and saluting the leading performers and performances during the calendar year preceding a given annual ceremony.
Fans from around the world vote to select ESPY winners in over 35 categories including Best Athlete, Best Female Athlete, Best Team, Best Record-Breaking Performance, Best Play, Best Moment, Best Championship Performance, Best Game, Best Championship and Best Breakthrough Athlete.
Here were the nominees for Best International Athlete:
Best International Athlete
Canelo Alvarez, Boxing
Usain Bolt, Track and Field
Katinka Hosszu, Swimming
Conor McGregor, MMA
Cristiano Ronaldo, Soccer
Usain Bolt’s next race will a 100m at the Diamond League meeting in Monaco on July 21. Bolt says he will only compete in the men’s 100m event at the upcoming London World Championships in August.
This year is the award show’s 25th anniversary, hosted by former Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, was broadcast on ABC and live-streamed on Watch ESPN.