International media names Usain Bolt as 2008 Athlete of the Year over Phelps


It was a close poll as one Olympic star edged out another to be voted 2008’s Athlete of the Year by the international media. Journalists from 96 nations gave Bolt a narrow edge of 1,673 points to 1,557 over Phelps.

Bolt set three world records as he grabbed three golds in the 100 meters, 200 and 400 relay. Phelps claimed the Water Cube in Beijing with his eight gold medals and his place in history.


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