Bolt, Shelly frontrunners for Golden Cleats Awards

Golden Cleats Awards to honour top athletes today

BY DANIA BOGLE Observer staff reporter

Monday, January 07, 2013

OLYMPIC sprint champion Usain Bolt and 100m gold and 200m silver medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce are expected to walk away with the top awards at the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) 2012 Golden Cleats Awards Luncheon at the Terra Nova Hotel in Kingston today starting at noon.

Bolt and Fraser-Pryce are the top picks to be named Male Athlete and Female Athlete of the Year, while Bolt's coach Glen Mills is expected to be named Coach of the Year.

The Trelawny native Bolt, who was also named International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) 2012 Male Athlete of the Year last November, became the first person to successfully defend the Olympic 100m and 200m titles when he won gold medals in both events at the London Olympics last August, setting a new Olympic record 9.63 seconds in the 100m while posting 19.32 seconds in the 200m.

He and Yohan Blake, Michael Frater, and Nesta Carter then teamed up to lower the world record in the men's 4x100m posting 36.84 seconds and bettering their previous best 37.04 seconds set at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu in 2011.

Fraser-Pryce became the first non-American to retain the Olympic 100m title when she posted 10.75 seconds to win and then clocked a personal best 22.09 seconds to cop silver in the 200m.

The petite athlete, affectionately known as the 'Pocket Rocket', was also a member of the women's 4x100m relay silver medal-winning team.

Fraser-Pryce, who set a new personal best and national record of 10.70 seconds to win the women's 100m at the Jamaica Olympic trials in June also won the IAAF Diamond League title in the 100m in 2012. She was also a nominee for IAAF Female Athlete of the Year.

Mills, who is head of the Racers Track Club, conditions Bolt as well as Olympic 100m and 200m silver medallist Yohan Blake, and 200m bronze medallist Warren Weir.

The Golden Cleats Awards Luncheon, which is usually held in December, was postponed last year as sponsors Scotiabank sought to distance themselves from the mud-slinging that marred the November 29 elections of the JAAA.




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