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Usain Bolt
Usain Bolt followed his wonderful Olympic year with an equally spectacular 2009.  At the World Championships in Berlin in August, Bolt won 100 metres, 200 metres and 4x100 metres relay gold medals, just as he had done in Beijing 12 months earlier.  It meant he became the first man in history to hold the 100 and 200 metres world and Olympic titles at the same time.
In the 100 metres, Bolt improved his world record with a time of 9.58 secs, taking over a tenth of a second off the previous record, the biggest ever margin of improvement since the introduction of electronic timing. He also won the 200 metres gold medal in a new world record time of 19.19 secs, breaking his own record by 0.11 secs.
He was also a member of the Jamaican team which won the 4x100 metres relay gold medal.  He was voted IAAF World Athlete of the Year for the second straight time in 2009.
Usain Bolt | Laureus
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