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Djokovic sportsman of the year

Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic added to his ever-growing trophy cabinet last night by winning the Laureus world sportsman of the year award at a glittering ceremony in London.

Djokovic enjoyed a stellar 2011, clinching the Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open grand slam titles. The Serbian world No 1 collected his latest award at a ceremony in London which was attended by luminaries from the sporting world such as Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, former Ajax and Barcelona star Johan Cruyff, and five-time Olympic champion Sir Steve Redgrave.

Northern Irish golfer Darren Clarke was awarded the comeback of the year award for winning the Open at the age of 42, and compatriot Rory McIlroy won the breakthrough of the year gong after lifting the US Open. Old Trafford legend Sir Bobby Charlton was given the lifetime achievement award and ‘Oscar Pistorius won the Laureus disability award after becoming the first amputee to win a track medal in a non-disabled World Championships - a silver in the 4x400metre relay. Barcelona were named Laureus team of the year while Kenyan long-distance runner Vivian Cheruiyot took home the sportswoman of the year award.

 

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