Usain Bolt in class of his own
Usain Bolt has been named Laureus World Sportsman of the Year for the second year in succession, while Britain's Jenson Button was honoured for winning the Formula One world title.
Bolt won the 100 and 200 metres at the World Championships last year, breaking his own world records in both for good measure, and also took gold with his Jamaican team-mates in the 4x100m relay.
The Jamaican superstar is the first man ever to hold the world and Olympic 100 and 200m titles at the same time following his staggering performances in Berlin and Beijing.
Button won the Laureus Breakthrough of the Year Award after lifting his first F1 drivers' title in the penultimate race of the season in Brazil, and his Brawn GP team was named Team of the Year.
Tennis star Serena Williams was named World Sportswoman of the Year at the ceremony in Abu Dhabi, the American having won the Australian Open and Wimbledon in 2009.
Another tennis player, Belgium's Kim Clijsters, won the Comeback of the Year award after her remarkable return to the sport, which culminated in her winning the US Open title in just her third tournament following a two-year absence.
South African swimmer Natalie du Toit received the Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability award, while Australian world surfing champion Stephanie Gilmore was named Action Sportsperson of the Year.
“I have got to the stage where I know what winning is and how to keep winning and I want to keep running, breaking records and winning championships,” Bolt said.