Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce win 2013 World Athlete awards

Reuters| Updated: Nov 17, 2013, 08:38 AM IST

Monte Carlo: Jamaican sprinters Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce were crowned male and female World Athletes of the Year for 2013 by the sport`s governing IAAF at a ceremony in Monaco on Saturday.

Bolt won gold in the 100 metres, 200 and 4x100 relay at the Moscow worlds in August to take his all-time tally to eight golds and two silvers at the championships, making him the most successful athlete in their history.

The 27-year-old, who also has six Olympic gold medals and holds the 100 and 200 metres world records, won the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) award for the third season in a row and the fifth time in six years.

"This season will be the one to go for the (200m) world record," said Bolt, hinting that a time below 19 seconds was the target. His current world record is 19.19 seconds.

Compatriot Fraser-Pryce claimed gold medals in the same three events in Moscow, having previously won two golds and two silvers, and is also the Olympic sprint champion.

The 26-year-old Fraser-Pryce collected her first female World Athlete of the Year award, and it was also the first time since Britain`s successes in 1993 that two athletes from the same country have won the awards in the same year.

"I`m shocked and excited. It`s something that has been a dream of mine," said Fraser-Pryce, who becomes the second Jamaican woman to win the award after Merlene Ottey in 1990.

Bolt and Fraser-Pryce also receive a prize of USD 100,000 (62,008 pounds).

The other male nominees were Ukraine high jumper Bohan Bondarenko and British distance runner Mo Farah, while New Zealand shot-putter Valerie Adams and Czech hurdler Zuzana Hejnova were short-listed for the women`s prize.