Jamaican sprint superstar Usain Bolt has captured one of the top honors at the recent 29th Annual Commonwealth Sports Awards, despite not participating in the games last month in Delhi, India.
The 24-year-old reigning Olympic and world champion, walked away with the Outstanding Male Athlete accolade at the awards ceremony at the International Convention Centre in London.
British Jessica Ennis, the current World and European champion, won the Outstanding Female Athlete award.
Bolt and Ennis were among several elite athletes who opted out of the Commonwealth Games, Neither athlete was present at the ceremony.
Mike Fennell, the Commonwealth Games Federation chief, said it was crucial the organization continued to recognize the accomplishments of competitors.
Veteran Jamaican sports write Tony Becca of the Jamaican Gleaner won the newly conceptualized Outstanding Sports Writer prize, sharing the award with the Sunday Times’ Nick Pitt.