Vettel Named as Laureus World Sportsman of the Year
Kuala Lumpur – Three of the most exciting young sports stars of their generation, who have proved world-beaters despite their age, have been honoured at the 2014 Laureus world sports awards in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Germany’s Sebastian Vettel, the youngest four-time Formula One world champion in history at 26, was named Laureus World sportsman of the year, US swimmer Missy Franklin, at 18, became the youngest ever winner of the Laureus world sportswoman of the year award, while Spain’s Marc Márquez received the Laureus breakthrough of the year award, after winning the World MotoGP Championship at just 20 years and 266 days.
Sebastian Vettel established himself as one of the greatest drivers of all-time with his fourth straight Formula One World Championship, joining legends Juan Manuel Fangio, Michael Schumacher and Alain Prost, who all won at least four times. At just 26 years and 116 days, Vettel is the youngest ever four-time champion. In 2013 he won 13 Grand Prix, including a record nine straight victories.
Bayern Munich joined Vettel as winners, taking the Laureus world team of the year award, while tennis maestro Rafael Nadal received the Laureus comeback award to celebrate, with Márquez, a wonderful night for Spanish sport.
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Missy Franklin was the sensation of Barcelona, becoming the first woman in history to win six gold medals at a single World Championships – three individual and three relay – at the age of just 18. This followed her performance in the London Olympics where she won four gold medals. She continues to refuse prize money and endorsements so that she can maintain her amateur status in college.
Bayern Munich became the first club to complete the treble of UEFA Champions League (their fifth win), Bundesliga and German Cup. In the Bundesliga, they lost just one match and created a host of records: most points in a season (91); highest winning points margin (25); most wins (29); fewest goals conceded (18). Their victory over CSKA Moscow in November was a record tenth successive Champions League success.