Author`s name Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey

Sports awards for 2011

Sports awards for 2011. 46287.jpegWho did the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) awards for in 2011? From Lausanne, Switzerland, the results have defined the best sportspersons of the year and the best teams of 2011. Leading the lists are Serbia's Novak Djokovic (tennis), Norway's Marit Bjoergen (cross-country skiing), FC Barcelona (soccer club), the World Athletics Championships in Daegu (sports event).

The jury was composed of 379 journalists from 82 countries. As regards sportspeople of the year, the male prize went to the Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic, ahead of Leonel Messi (Soccer) and Usain Bolt (Athletics). As regards women, first place goes to Norway's Marit Bjoergen (cross-country skiing), ahead of Vivian Cheruiyot (Athletics) and Federica Pellegrini (Swimming).

As far as teams are concerned, Barcelona football club tops the list with 1,411 votes, in front of the New Zealand All Blacks Rugby team (1,000) and the Brazilian masculine volleyball team (617). Best media attendance: World Athletics Championship in Daegu; second Wimbledon Tennis and third New Zealand World Rugby Championship.

Best sportspersons, male, individual

1 ) Novak Djokovic (Tennis) - 812 votes (23.74%)

2 ) Lionel Messi (Football) - 690 votes (20,18%)

3 ) Usain Bolt (Atlhletics) - 441 votes (12,89%)

4 ) Sebastian Vettel (Formula 1) - 401 votes (11,73%)

5 ) Roger Federer (Tennis) - 196 votes (5,73%)

6 ) Evans Cadel (Cycling) - 174 (5,09%)

7 ) Dirk Nowitski (Basketball) - 171 votes (5,00%)

8 ) Yonas Blake (Athletics) - 161 votes (4,71%)

9 ) Petter Northug (Cross country ski) - 137 votes (4,01%)

10 ) Ryan Lochte (Swimming) - 126 votes (3,68%)

11 ) Thierry Omeyer (Handball) - 62 votes (1,81%)

12 ) Stoner Casey (Moto GP) - 49 votes (1,43%)

Best sportspersons, female, individual

1º ) Marit Bjoergen (Cross country ski) - 576 votes (17,78%)

2º ) Vivian Cheruiyot (Athletics) - 566 votes (17,47%)

3º ) Federica Pellegrini (Swimming) - 448 votes (13,83%)

4º ) Petra Kvitova (Tennis)- 425 votes (13,12%)

5º ) Sally Pearson (Athletics) - 389 votes (12,01%)

6º ) Caroline Wozniaki (Tennis)- 375 (11,57%)

7º ) Homara Sawa (Football)- 271 votes (8,36%)

8º ) Melissa Franklin (Swimming)- 190 votes (5,86%)

Best Teams

1º ) Football Club Barcelona (Football) - 1.411 votes (43,07%)

2º ) All Blacks Rugby - 1.000 votes (30,53%)

3º ) Brazilian Male Volleyball Team - 617 votes (18,83%)

4º ) Barcelona Handball Male - 248 votes (7,57%)

AIPS MEDIA - www.aipsmedia.com

CPDU - www.cpdu.com.uy

SOTAQUE ESPORTIVO - http://sotaqueesportivo.blogspot.com

Gustavo Espiñeira

Correspondente PRAVDA.ru

Montevidéu - Uruguai