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Bolt walks away with Laureus

AMERICAN sprinter Shawn Crawford has a surefire plan to beat world-record holder Usain Bolt at the Festival of Excellence athletics meet in Toronto.

"I'm going to go down to the front desk and I'm going to tell them my name is Usain Bolt," Crawford said on Wednesday. "Hopefully they'll give me a key. I'm going to go up to his room, tie him up, he's going to miss the track meet and it's going to be easier for me."

That might be the best chance anyone has of slowing down Bolt, the 22-year-old Jamaican who on Wednesday was named Laureus World Sportsman of the Year for his record-breaking performances at the Beijing Olympics. Last August, Bolt became the first man to win gold in the 100 meters, 200 meters and 4x100-meter relay in world record times in the same Olympics.

He received the award from Laureus World Sports Academy member Michael Johnson and Academy chairman Edwin Moses.

Bolt was to compete yesterday against a field that includes Crawford, the gold medal winner in the 200 meters at the 2004 Athens Olympics and Bernard Williams, who won gold in the 4x100-meter relay at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Bolt said he was working hard to regain the form he was in during last summer's Olympics.

Bolt is the first track and field athlete to win the Laureus, snapping a four-year run by tennis star Roger Federer.

The previous winners were cyclist Lance Armstrong, Formula One driver Michael Schumacher and golfer Tiger Woods.

"I don't think there will be a sixth (winner) until I retire," Bolt joked.


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