Spain´s Alberto Contador, 27, won his second Tour de France in three years in 2009....

Laureus' core concept is simple, brilliant and daunting: to create global awards that recognise the achievements of today's sports héroes.
The names of the six Nominees for the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award, as voted by the Laureus Media Selection Panel, will be announced next month.
Jamaica's Usain Bolt followed his wonderful Olympic year with an equally spectacular 2009. At the World Championships in Berlin, Bolt won 100 metres, 200 metres and 4x100 metres relay gold medals, just as he had done in Beijing 12 months earlier. 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.
Among the other favourites for Nomination is four-time Laureus winner Roger Federer. For him 2009 proved historic as he passed many tennis milestones. His victory over Robin Soderling at the French Open made him one of only six men to complete a career Grand Slam of Australian, French, Wimbledon and US Open titles. His sixth Wimbledon victory in July, in which he beat American Andy Roddick, gave him a new record of 15 Grand Slam wins.
Hideki Matsui, 35, became the first Japanese-born baseball star to be named Most Valuable Player in the World Series after playing a key role in New York Yankees victory over the Philadelphia Phillies (more information)




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