Kenyan former athlete Henry Rono (C) hol
Kenyan former athlete Henry Rono (C) holds the Inspirational Award at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) gala in Monaco on November 23, 2008. Xiang was unable to attend the gala in 2006. Jamaica's triple Olympic champion Usain Bolt who smashed the 100 and 200 metres world records in taking the titles in Beijing before adding the 4x100m relay received the world male athlete of the year award. Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva who retained her Olympic title and has broken the world record at regular intervals received the world female athlete of the year award. AFP PHOTO STEPHANE DANNA (Photo credit should read STEPHANE DANNA/AFP via Getty Images)
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