ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates -- Usain Bolt won his second
Laureus Sportsman of the Year award, and Serena Williams won the
Bolt won three gold medals at last year's track world
championships and set world records in the 100 and 200-meter races.
Williams, who also earned the award for a second time, won the
Australian Open and Wimbledon titles and regained the No. 1 ranking
Kim Clijsters earned the award for the Comeback of the Year.
Clijsters won the U.S. Open last year after she was absent from
tennis for two years to get married and have a baby.
Two of the winners came from Formula One.
Britain's Jenson Button won the Breakthrough of the Year Award
after winning his first drivers' championship, and Brawn F1 earned
the team award after nearly going out of business in the offseason.
Three-time world surfing champion Stephanie Gilmore of Australia
was selected World Action Sportsperson of the Year and swimmer
Natalie du Toit of South Africa earned the Laureus award for those
with disabilities. Du Toit, who lost her left leg after a 2001
motorcycle crash, is one of five athletes to have competed in the
Paralympics and Olympics. She swam in both competitions in Beijing
Former Houston Rockets center Dikembe Mutombo was presented with
the Sport for Good award. Mutombo, now working for the NBA as a
global ambassador, was honored for his humanitarian work through
the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation.