Bolt named ESPYS International Athlete of the Year

July 14, 2017
United States' Simone Biles performs on the floor during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, . (AP Photo)
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving drives on Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) during the second half of Game three of basketball's NBA Finals in Cleveland on June 8. Golden State won 118-113.


Russell Westbrook won best male athlete at The ESPYS, while Olympic gymnast Simone Biles earned best female athlete honours Wednesday night.

Westbook was the NBA MVP, led the league in scoring and set a record for most triple-doubles in a season with 42. The Oklahoma City Thunder star won the trophy over Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs, Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps.

"It's been an unbelievable journey for me," said Westbrook.

Biles became the most decorated US Olympic gymnast at the Rio de Janeiro Games, winning five medals, including four golds and a bronze. She beat out Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky, WNBA star Candace Parker and Serena Williams for the honour.

"Ever since Rio it has been an amazing year," Biles said. "I want to thank you all for believing in me."

Jamaica's Usain Bolt was named the International Athlete of the Year. Bolt won the 100m and 200m titles at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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