At the first Laureus Awards to be held in the UK, Novak Djokovic emerged victorious by taking home the Sportsman of the Year Award and the all-conquering football club FC Barcelona took home Team of the Year.
Having won four Olympic medals, Sebastian Coe remains one of the great names of British sport. In addition to being a Laureus Academy Member, he currently serves as Chairman of the London 2012 Olympic Organising Committee.
Five times an Olympic champion, Johnson piled up a career total of nine World Championship gold medals by the time he retired from competition after the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. Between 1990 and 1997, he created a remarkable sequence of 58 consecutive wins over 400 metres.