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02-08-2011, 10:45 AM #1
Nadal bags prestigious Laureus AwardTennis ace Rafael Nadal's remarkable run in the season gone by helped him pip star footballers Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta for the 'World Sportsman of the Year' honour, while the World Cup winning Spanish football side walked away with the 'World Team of the Year' trophy at the Laureus World Sports Awards here on Monday.
The 'World Sportswoman of the Year' award went to American alpine skiier Lindsey Vonn, who beat off competition from Belgian tennis ace Kim Clijsters, who won a second straight US Open and four other events last year, Serena Williams, and world number one tennis player Caroline Wozniacki among others.
Vonn had secured her third straight skiing World Cup and the Olympic Downhill gold medal last year.
World number one Nadal -- who completed a career slam last year by clinching the US Open, French Open and the Wimbledon to go with his 2009 Australian Open triumph -- walked away with the top honours by pipping pre-awards favourites Messi and Iniesta.
It was Nadal's second after the Laureus Breakthrough Award in 2006.
"Thank you very much for this," said the star who received the trophy from German tennis legend Boris Becker....being a human...