|Federer wins third successive Laureus award
[ 2007-04-03 19:24 ]
Tennis number one Roger Federer was
named Laureus World Sportsman of the Year for the
third year in a row on Monday.
The 25-year-old Swiss became the first sportsman to receive the award on
three occasions attributed to his continued domination of men's tennis in 2006.
Russia's record-breaking pole vaulter Yelena
Isinbayeva won the award for World Sportswoman of the Year, while the team of
the year award went to the Italian football side for their World Cup triumph.
Serena Williams took the comeback of the year award and the breakthrough
prize went to fellow tennis player Amelie Mauresmo of France following her first
two grand slam titles.
Barcelona Football Club were given the Spirit of Sport
award for their support of UNICEF and former Germany captain Franz Beckenbauer,
who led his side to victory in the 1974 World Cup and was involved in organizing
the 2006 tournament, took the lifetime achievement
Federer, who has finished as world number one in each of the three years he
has won the award and chalked up three grand slam titles for the second time in
three years, was unable to attend the ceremony. His award was picked up by
German former world number one and six times grand slam winner Boris
World Sportsman of the Year：年度最佳男运动员
the lifetime achievement award：终生成就奖